EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Later today, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Colorado State Patrol will work in coordination to move elk from the Interstate 70 median between Gypsum and Eagle.
There is wildlife fencing in the area with game gates, as well as two underpasses; the elk are grazing in the median during the day and staying within the highway right of way in the evenings.
At 2 p.m., traffic traveling in both directions of I-70 will be detoured. Westbound traffic will be detoured at Eagle (exit 147) onto Highway 6, and eastbound traffic will have to get off the interstate at Gypsum (Exit 140) onto Highway 6. All lanes of I-70 will be closed between those two exits until crews can safely get the elk across the interstate and through cuts in the wildlife fence.
GLENWOOD CANYON, Colorado ” Crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation Maintenance and ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) will be replacing four of the electronic Variable Message Signs for eastbound travel on Interstate 70 west of Hanging Lake Tunnel.
The eastbound left lane is closed from mile marker 124 to 125.9 (from just west of the tunnel through to the east side). The lane closure is due to work being done on the concrete bases from the left lane, and the left lane through the tunnel will remain closed so crews can safely enter and exit the control room and maintenance garage.
Crews will be working Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the lane closure will be in place 24 hours a day for the entire duration of this project, which is expected to continue until late May. The work zone speed is reduced to 40 mph, and there is a 12-foot width restriction in place.
Over the next two weeks, eastbound traffic could experience one or two traffic stops, with a possible delay of 30 minutes each time. This is to allow crews the opportunity to safely remove the signs overhead.
Later on in the project, crews will need to stop traffic at midnight to install the new signs. This will occur on several nights in April and May, and CDOT will notify the public via media announcements and outlying variable message boards.
CDOT contracted this work to DKS Enterprises for approximately $375,000.
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