Resurfacing continues on I-70 |

Resurfacing continues on I-70

Heidi RiceGlenwood Springs correspondent

Think of it as a deep-pore facial cleansing that takes four months.That’s essentially what is happening on Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs between mile marker 116 at the main Glenwood Springs exit and mile marker 112 at South Canyon.The Colorado Department of Transportation has been working on resurfacing that segment of the highway since early July and is expected finish by Oct. 31. So far, the project is on schedule.The project includes milling off 3 inches of the existing pavement, followed by recycling the underlying pavement, which will then be overlaid with new asphalt.”With milling, you get into the deeper cracks,” said Nancy Shanks, public information officer for CDOT. “It’s like a deep cleaning of the highway.”The work also includes guardrail improvements and upgrading of the rock-fall protection barrier on westbound I-70 between East Canyon Creek and South Canyon.Drivers can expect a one-lane closure through the westbound segment of the highway between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays.Eastbound traffic will experience lane closures from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.The speed limit through the area has been reduced to 40 mph.Delays up to 20 minutes may be experienced during heavy traffic periods, although typical delays are only a few minutes. No alternate routes or detours around the project are available.

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