Traffic will be switched in Glenwood Canyon Wednesday |

Traffic will be switched in Glenwood Canyon Wednesday

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD CANYON – Westbound Glenwood Canyon traffic will be switched at 7 a.m., Wednesday, onto the inside eastbound lane through the work zone. It is separated from the single lane of eastbound traffic by a concrete barrier.

Putting both directions of traffic onto the eastbound lanes will allow the contractor to complete repairs on the concrete retaining wall and the westbound bridge that was damaged in the rock slide that closed the freeway for four days earlier this month.

While in this configuration, the speed limit for eastbound traffic will remain at the lowered 40 mph. The speed for westbound traffic will be lowered to 25 mph due to the lane switches in this short section- which is approximately 1,000 feet. The width restriction remains at 14 feet.

The repair work is taking place between mile markers 124 and 125, just west of Hanging Lake Tunnel. The work will involve bridge deck and bridge wall/rail repairs (including 150 feet of new steel bridge rail); guardrail repairs (about 120 linear feet) to hillside concrete barrier; median concrete barrier repair (replacement of 400 linear feet); removal and replacement of 690 square feet of concrete retaining walls; straightening of steel bridge girders; some lighting and electrical repairs; and repairs to the bike trail below.

Work is being done during the day, Monday through Saturday. There will be a single lane of traffic open in each direction, but motorists may encounter occasional traffic stops, when safety or equipment mobilization warrant. The speed limit is reduced from 50 to 40 mph; delays should be very minimal.

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