Vail gets 2 road signs from stimulus money |

Vail gets 2 road signs from stimulus money

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Vail will get two new electronic road signs along Interstate 70 thanks to money from the federal economic stimulus package.

The new overhead signs, which will be set up on the eastbound side just before the pedestrian bridge and also before the East Vail exit, will alert drivers of road conditions as well as the approach of the truck chain-up station.

The station is not large enough for all the trucks to park and chain, meaning that trucks are often parked on the right lane of the interstate, said Colorado Department of Transportation spokesman Peter Kozinski.

“This will direct drivers to move over and encourage them to slow down,” he said.

The signs are part of a $3 million project to improve truck movement and safety. Dotsero will also get some message signs for its truck stop. Each message sign costs about $325,000, Kozinski said.

CDOT received about $400 million from the president’s stimulus plan, which will be dispersed to projects around entire state. From that, Vail Pass will get a $13 million to $15 million repaving this summer, and Edwards will get its $11 million interchange project built.

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