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Warm weather means work on I-70 in canyon

Staff Report

The Colorado Department of Transportation begins Phase 6 of construction this month on Interstate 70 in the Glenwood Canyon.

The project will last approximately seven months, through fall, and will repair and improve more than 20 bridges between mile markers 117.5 and 126.5. The repairs consist of the removal and replacement of existing bridge joints with a thin, bonded-polyester, concrete overlay. In addition, a rockfall fence will be installed in five places throughout the canyon, and more than 3,000 linear feet of bridge rail is being replaced for the safety of travelers.

The replacement of the asphalt surface with a polyester concrete overlay will increase longevity of the highway surface, reducing the frequency of repairs needed in Glenwood Canyon. The new surface also will function as a waterproof barrier, preventing corrosion between the concrete and the bridge deck.

Construction is scheduled to begin April 13. Working hours are Monday through Friday during daylight, with some night and weekend work anticipated.

Motorists can expect single-lane closures for several miles at a time during daylight hours, and are encouraged to plan for delays when traveling through the canyon. Head-to-head traffic patterns are expected from July through October.

A 12-foot width restriction will be in place throughout the project limits. Beginning in May, no wide loads will be permitted through the project.

For the safety of the construction crews as well as motorists, speed limits will be reduced through the work zone to 40 mph. A digital speed monitor, electronic message boards and highway patrol will be in place. Traffic fines may be doubled in the work zone.

If you have questions about the project, please leave a message on the project hotline, 970-930-8009, or email i70Glenwood@PublicInfo Team.com.

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