Highway headaches aren’t confined to the upper valley | AspenTimes.com

Highway headaches aren’t confined to the upper valley

Construction-weary commuters are getting a bit of relief in the upper valley, but they’ll soon face delays around Basalt and Carbondale.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is planning two repaving projects on Highway 82 in August and September. The first project will take place on a 3-mile stretch between the entrance to Blue Lake subdivision and Crystal Springs Road, near the Roaring Fork Sand and Gravel plant.

That project is expected to start some time in August, said Rich Orton, CDOT resident engineer in Glenwood Springs.

Right on its heels will be a repaving project that starts the first week of September on portions of the Basalt Bypass. Orton said both upvalley lanes need repaving between the Emma bridge – just east of the Highway 82 intersection with Willits Lane and Two Rivers Road – and the main Basalt intersection, by the post office.

The downvalley lanes will also receive fresh asphalt along portions of the Basalt Bypass.

Orton said the first repaving project will probably be finished before the second one starts, but he couldn’t make any promises. Elam Construction is the contractor on both jobs, he noted.

Motorists can expect delays for repaving between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., according to Orton. Although paving won’t be undertaken during the morning and afternoon commutes, the road work will likely slow travel during those times as well.

Meanwhile, the upper-valley commute provides daily surprises due to the start and completion of various construction projects. Just as work on the expanded highway is wrapping up between Lazy Glen and Old Snowmass, and at Shale Bluffs, it is starting at the Aspen Airport Business Center and continuing at the Owl Creek Road intersection.

Compared to that work, the midvalley repaving should be relatively short-lived, Orton said.

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