Safety improvement work to begin at Hwy. 82, Smith Way
April 15, 2009
PITKIN COUNTY ” Work will begin Monday, April 20 to improve safety at the intersection of Highway 82 and Smith Way, west of Aspen.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has contracted out the $1.08 million project to Tricon 2, to be funded almost entirely by Pitkin County.
“The Board of County Commissioners was interested in improving the intersection without adding a signal,” explained Brian Pettit, county public works director, in a press release announcing commencement of the work. As a result, he said, the improvements will improve safety without slowing the drive for commuters ” except during construction.
An acceleration lane will be built for upvalley-bound traffic, turning left onto Highway 82 from Smith Way. The project will also involve widening Smith Way as it crosses Highway 82 (the east- and westbound lanes of the highway are separated by a median in this area), extending concrete box culverts and extending and building retaining walls along the upvalley lanes of the highway.
The project will mean upvalley traffic is reduced to a single lane in the area until the project’s July 17 completion, and delays are possible Monday through Friday, according to CDOT. There will be no impacts to upvalley traffic from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and no impacts to downvalley motorists between 3:30 to 6 p.m. In addition, crews won’t impact traffic on the Memorial Day and July Fourth weekends, CDOT said.
For project updates, contact contractor Tricon’s project information line at (303) 688-9568.