Less snow, more construction now in forecast
SUMMIT COUNTY ” Apparently, the Colorado Department of Transportation has confidence the big snows have passed.
Construction will close one lane of westbound Interstate 70 at the Silverthorne Interchange (mile 205) beginning on Monday for expansion joint replacement. Temperatures are expected to be in 60s and nearing 70 this weekend.
Work originally was scheduled to begin last Monday but was postponed due to heavy snow.
CDOT will close one lane, reducing westbound I-70 to a single lane through the area, 24 hours a day, as follows:
– Monday: Left lane closed beginning at 7 a.m., remaining closed until midnight on Thursday, May 22.
– Tuesday, May 27: Right lane closed beginning at 9 a.m., remaining closed until noon on Friday, May 30.
Drivers should anticipate delays through the area, with longer delays during the morning commute. The speed limit also will be reduced to 45 mph.
Commercial vehicles over 25,000 gross vehicle weight heading westbound will also be detoured due to the steep downgrade into the interchange area.
– 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., commercial vehicles will be detoured onto U.S. 6 at exit 216, just east of the Eisenhower Tunnel, then over Loveland Pass and through Keystone, rejoining I-70 at the Silverthorne Interchange, just west of the work zone.
– 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., commercial vehicles carrying non-hazardous loads will be permitted to use I-70 through the Eisenhower Tunnel and points west. To prevent possible merging incidents near the work zone, I-70 will be reduced to a single lane, beginning at the west portal of the Tunnel and continuing through the Silverthorne Interchange (eight miles).
CDOT maintenance crews have made temporary repairs to the expansion joint, allowing the bridge to be fully functional until the permanent repairs are made.
Since CDOT has determined the expansion joint should be replaced as soon as possible, it is being done in advance of the upcoming paving operation from the Eisenhower Tunnel to Frisco, the Department said. That project will begin in early June. Specific project information will be distributed in the next couple of weeks.
Motorists are reminded to please Slow for the Cone Zone, stay alert and pay attention to and obey all work zone/advisory signs and flaggers.
Traffic information about this or other CDOT projects is on the cotrip.org website or by calling 511 statewide.
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