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CDOT begins paving between overlook, tunnel next Sunday


SUMMIT COUNTY – Summer paving season along Interstate 70 begins next Sunday, June 10, as the Colorado Department of Transportation begins rotomilling and paving eastbound I-70 from the Dillon Reservoir Overlook (mile 204) to the west portal of the Eisenhower Tunnel (mile 214).The project also includes guardrail replacement, minor bridge repair and minor shoulder improvements, erosion control and culvert pipe work, striping, seeding, and mulching. Work will be taking place around the clock during the week, as follows: n Sundays – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Monday). One or two lanes closed;n Monday through Thursday – 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Friday). One or two lanes closed;n Monday through Thursday – 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Only one lane closed.The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph in the work zone. Only minor delays are anticipated during project hours, but CDOT will monitor traffic and adjust and/or remove lane closures if long backups develop. No weekend work will be scheduled. Initial rotomilling and paving operations that begin Sunday will be taking place from mile 204 to the Silverthorne/Dillon Interchange (Exit 205) through the end of June. Work will be suspended during Fourth of July week (July 1-6). Rotomilling and paving then begins east of the interchange in early July.”We know the project will impact traffic at times but this is the only time of the year for paving highways in the high country,” says CDOT project engineer Kevin Brown. “With the big traffic numbers and the high percentage of trucks with chains in the winter that this section of I-70 experiences, the road condition has degraded and is very much in need of new asphalt surface. Highway users will notice the improvements.” Paving is expected to be completed by the end of August, with the entire project completed in September.Work under way along stretch between Keystone and Loveland PassLOVELAND PASS – CDOT is callling their work along Loveland Pass “safety improvements.” The project involves switchback and select shoulder widening, new guardrail, installation of a centerline rumble strip, construction of a sand retaining basin. Just west of Arapahoe Basin they’re doing drainage improvements, seeding and mulching.Project hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Delays up to 20 minutes should be expected as flaggers alternate a single lane of traffic through the work zone. Vehicles wider than 10 feet will not be allowed through the area during project hours.Three switchbacks will be widened – one on the eastside, two on the westside. The centerline rumble strip will be installed through the entire 12-mile segment.Columbine Hills Concrete Inc., of Silverthorne, is contractor for the $1.1 million project. It is scheduled for completion by the end of July.

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