Construction season gets rolling with highway projects Tuesday
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will keep holiday traffic flowing today, promising no lane closures at various highway projects around the state. Work will resume Tuesday in full swing, however.
Travelers leaving Summit County are advised to plan for delays if traveling the highways, as most routes out of the mountains will encounter a variety of CDOT projects.
– Interstate 70 east: Delays will be possible through the Eisenhower Tunnel, at Silver Plume and Idaho Springs. Curb and gutter work will close one eastbound lane in the tunnel during the day (and possibly one westbound lane); evening crews also will require a lane closure for work on sign cabinets.
Westbound lanes will be alternately closed in Idaho Springs for asphalt patching. Beginning Wednesday, 20-minute delays will be possible as rock blasting will require stopping traffic completely (this project is scheduled to take four weeks).
In Silver Plume, work on a jersey barrier will close the right lane of eastbound traffic, Tuesday only.
– Highway 6 east: Grass seeding and work on the Montezuma Road bridge will have flaggers alternating a single lane of traffic through work zones on Loveland Pass. Ten-minute delays will be possible through Friday.
– I-70 west: Traffic should flow freely until the Parachute and Fruita areas. Paving and guardrail crews are working in the Parachute area, reducing speeds to 40 mph. In Fruita, resurfacing will result in up to 15-minute delays.
A road closure is expected to increase traffic on Highway 91 between Copper Mountain and Leadville. Highway 24 south of Minturn is closed at the Red Cliff arch bridge for painting and rehabilitation. Traffic will be diverted to Highway 91.
For more information on road conditions and construction, call (303) 573-ROAD, or log on to http://www.dot.state.co.us.
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