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CDOT expects early finish to I-70 project in Glenwood

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Colorado Department of Transportation anticipates completion of the Interstate 116 Interchange at Glenwood Springs within the next two to three weeks.

The project, which involves widening of the exit ramps to two lanes and the placement of a new dual right-turn lanes onto the Grand Avenue Bridge at Sixth Street, will be completed ahead of schedule, according to a press release from project spokesman Tom Newland.

Widening and paving operations are completed, while lane striping, landscaping, signage and signal improvements still need to be placed. Temporary striping has been done through the construction zone so that drivers can begin to utilize the two lanes from I-70 through the Grand Avenue Bridge.

Pedestrian safety improvements within the Sixth Street corridor are being installed at the request of the Glenwood City Council. The crosswalks will utilize colored concrete and texturing to provide a contrast and increased awareness of the crossings. The 16-foot-wide crosswalks will be wider than conventional painted crossings, which are typically 8 to 10 feet wide.

Eight concrete crosswalks and curb ramps will also be installed between I-70 ramps and the intersections of Sixth Street and Grand Avenue.

The added improvements cost an additional $80,000, but work is anticipated to be completed by Nov. 9.

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The remaining three crosswalks are located at the intersection of Sixth and Laurel Streets. To reduce impacts to traffic, each of these crosswalks will be constructed in three phases to allow two open traffic lanes at all times. And the work will be done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m. over the next few weeks.

The entire I-70 116 interchange project is scheduled for completion by the third week in November.

Anyone with questions or comments can call Newland at (970) 927-1096. Newland also provides daily project updates each day on KMTS during the morning commute.