Weekend traffic detour planned in Gypsum
It’s going to be a roundabout sort of weekend for Gypsum drivers starting Saturday morning.With work on town’s first ever roundabout well under way at the Interstate 70 interchange, the most dramatic detour of the two-month project will take place this weekend. The work will re-route drivers through a residential area.Starting at 6 a.m., Saturday northbound traffic will be detoured at the Wylaco store, then routed behind the Highway 6 store to I-70. Southbound traffic coming off of I-70 will be detoured west on the Highway 6 frontage road to Riverview Drive, then will head through the subdivision, connecting with Highway 6 again at the Eagle River bridge. The southbound detour will add about 40 seconds to typical drive time on that route.
Local residents will have to drive west on Riverview Drive to get to their Highway 6 frontage road homes – or follow the northbound route then cross over the Highway 6 frontage road. The temporary route will have space for the daily wallboard rock trucks hauling ore to the mill, as well as the finished product trucks hauling wallboard out of the American Gypsum plant.All businesses at the I-70 Gypsum interchange will remain open during construction, with only minor delays expected.The Gypsum Town Council has set a fast-paced schedule for the traffic circle, specifying that work be completed no later than July 10, in time for the Gypsum Daze celebration. “We want to get it over with so it doesn’t affect our businesses as much,” said Jerry Law, town engineer. He described the work schedule as “realistic,” noting that the contractors won’t be working late nights.The Gypsum roundabout, when completed, will be the biggest traffic circle on the West Slope, according to Law. Law said the design is driven by the need to accommodate truck traffic affiliated with the American Gypsum drywall plant. He estimated an average of 88 rock trucks per day drive down from the quarry north of I-70; and an average of 40-70 trucks per day carry finished drywall out of the plant.The roundabout design calls for a 62-foot radius landscaped island.”After this weekend it should be smooth rolling (through the construction zone),” said Law.
===================================Roundabout reportsGypsum has set up a telephone hot line for input on the roundabout being built at the Interstate 70. The number is 328-8363.==========================================
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