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October 8, 2012
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Highway work to clutter Interstate 70 in coming weeks

Drivers will encounter roadwork and possibly delays on Interstate 70 in the coming days and weeks as Colorado Department of Transportation crews work to complete surface upgrades and rockfall mitigation projects on the mountain corridor.

The transportation department will be sealing cracks along the 62-mile segment of I-70 between the top of Vail Pass and Jefferson County, causing overnight lane closures at various locations along the highway stretch through November.

The lane closures will be two miles long at most.

One eastbound lane will be closed between Vail Pass and Silverthorne from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights over the next month or so.

Single eastbound and westbound lanes through Idaho Springs will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. while crews are sealing cracks in the highway surface.

"Crack sealing is a pre-emptive strike against road deterioration because it extends the lifespan of the highway - both the surface and sub-surface," CDOT engineer Russel Cox stated in a release. "It prevents potholes from developing and that's a safety enhancement as well. We see it as a lower cost treatment in the short-term that saves money in the long-term."

The $1.6 million project is set to be completed by November.

Work hours and locations will be adjusted to minimize the impact to drivers, according to the release.

The speed limit will be reduced through the work zones to 45 mph.

Meanwhile, CDOT crews will be stopping traffic and closing lanes at Georgetown Hill this week for rockfall mitigation work and fencing installation.

Drivers should expect 20-minute traffic stops throughout the day today at the Georgetown interchange for westbound traffic and at Silver Plume for eastbound traffic.

Stops will be implemented approximately twice hourly from 10 a.m. to sunset.

CDOT officials stop traffic for the public's safety while rockfall work is taking place on the slopes above the highway, according to a release from the transportation department.

The rockfall work will continue Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to sunset, but will only require the right westbound lane to be closed from Georgetown to Silver Plume, rather than full traffic stops.

The project could be rescheduled depending on the weather.


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The Summit Daily Updated Oct 8, 2012 10:38PM Published Oct 8, 2012 10:37PM Copyright 2012 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.