Highway 82 to see major summer paving work | AspenTimes.com

Highway 82 to see major summer paving work

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Highway 82 travelers heading into and out of Aspen this summer will see some of the most significant paving work the busy stretch of state highway has seen in some time.

In all, about nine miles of the four-lane highway are scheduled to be milled and repaved, including a 2.2-mile stretch in the Basalt area and 7.1 miles between Gerbazdale and the Baltic Avenue intersection at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport and Aspen Business Center.

A $6.78 million contract for the work has been awarded to Elam Construction, according to Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks. The Elam asphalt plant outside Woody Creek is seeking approval this week from Pitkin County commissioners to mine material at a faster rate in order to meet the demands of the Highway 82 project. The material would come from an area designated for expansion of Elam’s sand and gravel operation.

The highway work is expected to begin June 1 and wrap up in mid-September, according to Shanks.

“This will be more paving than the valley has seen in a while,” said Brian Pettet, county public works director.

The project includes milling, or grinding up, asphalt on all lanes of the highway between Two Rivers Road and Basalt Avenue (the main Basalt intersection) and repaving that stretch.

Similar work will be done between Gerbazdale and the airport intersection at Baltic Avenue, on the outskirts of Aspen. In addition, improvements to the traffic signals at Highway 82 and Baltic are planned, and CDOT will create two left-turn lanes onto the highway from Baltic.

Finally, an epoxy overlay on two bridges in the downvalley lanes between Baltic Avenue and Brush Creek Road is planned to waterproof the spans, Shanks added.

Weekend work is planned at Baltic, given the high traffic volumes there, she said. On the highway, no lane closures will occur in the upvalley direction between 6 and 9 a.m. or in the downvalley direction between 3 and 7 p.m. to accommodate commuters, Shanks said.

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