Acceleration lane added on Highway 82 at Cattle Creek |

Acceleration lane added on Highway 82 at Cattle Creek

Garfield County is beginning construction of a new upvalley acceleration lane at the Highway 82 Cattle Creek intersection for vehicles to safely enter the highway to drive toward Carbondale.

The county also is lengthening the deceleration lane on the westbound side. The project begins today and aims to make the intersection safer for motorists entering highway 82 or exiting on the County Road 113, or Cattle Creek, intersection.

“It is entirely for safety reasons that we wanted to expedite this project,” said County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky. “With the ultimate goal of a safer driving experience for our residents and visitors, the county is funding the entire project.”

Johnson Construction of Rifle has work scheduled to begin Wednesday with the installation of traffic control devices and signing, as well as portable barriers to protect the work zone.

For the project, which will take four months to build, motorists should expect a single lane closure on both sides of the highway between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. During peak times, between 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m., generally only one lane will be closed, to allow better traffic flow.

In the construction zone, the speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph between mileposts 6.5 and 9 (south of the CMC Road intersection) during working hours, and 50 mph in the evening/overnight periods.

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