Commuter alert: Paving planned on Highway 82 at Aspen entrance |

Commuter alert: Paving planned on Highway 82 at Aspen entrance

Staff report

Commuters into and out of Aspen have been dealing with traffic congestion all summer, and the problem could be exacerbated next week by some necessary paving, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Department of Transportation maintenance crews will rotomill and pave several sections of Highway 82 at the Entrance to Aspen on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The work will greatly improve the surface conditions of this stretch of highway,” CDOT said in a statement.

On Monday, crews will rotomill and pave a seven-block stretch from Seventh Street to Garmisch Street in the right eastbound, or inbound, lane of Highway 82. The work will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m., weather permitting. Travel will be restricted to one lane eastbound. The westbound lanes won’t be affected.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, asphalt will be overlayed on the left westbound or downvalley lane from the Maroon Creek roundabout to the Aspen Business Center. The left lane will be closed to travel and traffic will be shifted to the right lane, which also serves as the bus lane. The work is scheduled from 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tracy Trulove said the transportation department aims to minimize traffic impacts. CDOT officials talked to the city of Aspen Engineering Department about the projects.

“We understand Aspen is busy this time of year, but it’s imperative that we take advantage of making repairs to the highway surface while we can,” said Don Poole, Department of Transportation senior maintenance supervisor.

Trulove said CDOT shares equipment for rotomilling, which peels off and pulverizes the surface material, and paving with other maintenance districts. It has to pursue projects when that equipment is available, she said.

Work will be performed on Highway 82 east of Aspen on Aug. 3 through Aug. 6. Crews will overlay asphalt on a stretch of the route to Independence Pass along mile makers 54 to 56. The work will be performed from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting. There will be no traffic restrictions but there will be delays.

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