Roaring Fork Valley: Welcome to the cone zone |

Roaring Fork Valley: Welcome to the cone zone

Highway 82 is going to be a cone zone in July because of several construction projects between Glenwood Springs and Independence Pass, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Commuters will start feeling the pinch Monday when the intersection of JW Drive and Highway 82 will be closed during installation of a deer guard. JW Drive will be closed at Highway 82 for an estimated seven days starting Monday. When work is completed at that intersection, Valley Road will be closed at Highway 82, also for installation of a deer guard.

Buses operated by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority won’t be able to follow their usual travel patterns through Blue Lake during the closure of JW Drive. RFTA will operate a shuttle instead between Blue Lake and the El Jebel Park and Ride during the closure.

The deer-guard construction is part of a broader resurfacing and safety-improvement project between Carbondale and El Jebel that will stretch into October, according to CDOT.

Another project farther downvalley starts Tuesday, when workers smooth the ruts in the pavement in the westbound lanes between Aspen Glen and Glenwood Springs, according to CDOT. The ruts were created by heavy truck traffic, CDOT said.

The traffic coming into Glenwood Springs will be reduced to a single lane between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The project is expected to carry over into Wednesday.

Roadwork will transfer to Independence Pass July 15 through 18. Crews will resurface the highway between mile markers 59 and 60.5 west of the summit. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane with alternating traffic from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

From July 22 through Aug. 5, the Independence Pass Foundation will stabilize a slope near the Independence ghost town at mile marker 57. There will be single-lane, alternating traffic on Highway 82 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Additional cone zones will be established on Highway 133. Crews will resurface a section of McClure Pass between mile markers 48 and 49 on Monday and Tuesday. Traffic will be single-lane and alternating between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Rock scaling also is continuing along Highway 133 on McClure Pass between mile markers 44 and 49. Traffic will be stopped in both directions for as long as 20 minutes during efforts to make sure overhanging rocks don’t pose a risk.

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