Canyon construction spells delays
Replacement of an expansion joint in Glenwood Canyon will slow traffic on Interstate 70 for nearly three weeks, starting Monday.Motorists will experience delays of up to 30 minutes from Monday, April 28, through Wednesday, May 14, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.The delays will allow CDOT to replace an expansion joint on I-70’s westbound lanes, just east of the Hanging Lake Tunnels.Traffic delay dates are as follows:-April 28 through May 6 – During these dates, the speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph, 24 hours a day. Motorists will encounter one lane, alternating traffic during this time. Loads more than 14 feet wide will not be allowed to travel westbound in Glenwood Canyon. -May 6 to May 9 – Starting at 7 a.m., May 6, through 7 a.m., May 9, 30-minute delays are expected between the Shoshone power plant exit and the east end of the canyon. Traffic in each direction will be reduced to one lane, two miles prior to these spots. Pilot cars will be used to escort vehicles through this section of Glenwood Canyon. Wide loads 14 feet or wider will not be allowed.-May 9 through May 14 – Westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane between Shoshone and the east end. Eastbound lanes will be unaffected. Westbound wide loads will not be allowed.”We are going to take every measure to make sure our traffic control runs as smoothly as possible,” said CDOT maintenance director Del French.The expansion joint that will be replaced across two westbound lanes is 34 feet long, 30 inches wide and 14 inches deep. Expansion joints along bridges and elevated highways can fail for a variety of reasons, including age, heavy truck traffic, and wear and tear.”This operation is fairly routine,” French said. “I compare it to re-soling a shoe. You can repair it once, but the next time you should replace the shoe.”G.A. Western Construction Company of Palisade was awarded a $148,600 contract to replace the expansion joint.G.A. Western crews are currently repairing highway damage caused by rockfall just west of the Hanging Lake Tunnels. This work is expected to be finished before the expansion joint replacement project begins.
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