CONTACT: Tracy Trulove, CDOT Region 3 Communications Manager
(970) 366-2502 mobile
CDOT, Contractor United Companies to Begin
Highway & Safety Improvement Project on I-70 East of Wolcott
Work will be underway from just west of Edwards to Avon
EAGLE COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor, United Companies of Grand Junction, started a project on Monday, March 20, to improve the driving surface and safety features on I-70, from west of Edwards to Avon (approximate mile points are 159.5 to 167--see map below--with additional bridge work at 158.8). The project is scheduled for completion by early November 2017. The total construction cost of the project is $11.1 million.
The work will include resurfacing a 7.5-mile stretch of distressed pavement within those limits, making bridge rail and deck repairs on nine structures, lining one large deteriorated culvert under I-70, extensively upgrading and replacing guardrail on various sections along each side of the highway for the entire length of the project, and making minor lighting improvements to the wiring at the Edwards interchange. Signing and preliminary work will begin this week, with major work beginning the week of March 20.
TRAVEL IMPACTS - Initially, through May 15, motorists can expect some single-lane closures in each direction, during daytime hours*, Monday through Friday, with night work starting in April. Currently, no weekend work is expected, but may be necessary to expedite project completion. More specific information will be available on weekly lane closure reports, posted each Friday and accessible via a link on the project web site (see below).
*NOW THROUGH MAY 15: In general, travel impacts will adhere to CDOT’s lane closure policy for this stretch of I-70, which includes avoidance of any eastbound lane closures in the morning peak travel period and any westbound lane closures in the evening peak travel period from now until mid-May.
While the lane closure restrictions vary by I-70 location, here is a general overview of what motorists can expect:
- Avon east (approx. MP 166.5 to 167): No eastbound lane closures from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.; no westbound lane closures from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Edwards to Avon (approx. MP 162.5 to 166.5): No eastbound lane closures from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and no westbound lane closures from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- West of Edwards (approx. MP 159.5 to 162.5): No westbound lane closures between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
*May 16 THROUGH SUMMER: Starting May 16 and extending through the summer months, there will be limited daytime lane closures on I-70 in either direction, again with the intent to avoid the highest peak travel periods; and more work will be conducted at night. More daytime lane closures will occur again in the fall, until the project’s completion in early November.PROJECT INFORMATIONThose interested in staying up to date on the project, lane closures and work schedule can do so by visiting the project web site at bit.ly/i-70-wolcott-east. The site includes contact information and instructions for signing up to receive project updates (choose “I-70 Wolcott East” under the Project’s menu upon signing up for updates). The public information line is (970) 471-8713.
For information on travel conditions across the state, visit COTrip.org, sign up for GovDelivery, or call 511. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/coloradodot.
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