Concrete paving on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon under way |

Concrete paving on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon under way

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Colorado Department of Transportation and its contractor, Interstate Highway Construction of Englewood, began concrete reconstruction of the westbound lanes on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon on Monday.

The $3 million job will take place from the Hanging Lake Rest Area (Exit 125) to the No Name Rest Area (Exit 119).

This project is the third in a series of phased projects to gradually replace the asphalt pavement through the entire canyon with more durable, longer-lasting concrete pavement.

The work is expected to last until the middle of May if weather conditions remain favorable.

Paving work will affect westbound and eastbound travelers and access to recreation at these exits and rest areas.

Hanging Lake, Exit 125: through April 9, a round-the-clock closure of the westbound left lane and a speed limit of 35 mph and width restriction of 12 feet in the westbound right lane, from milepost 124 to 126.

Crews will be removing the existing asphalt, grading and smoothing the highway’s base material, and constructing the new 11-inch concrete pavement surface.

Hanging Lake Rest Area will be closed to vehicles from April 9-14 for reconstruction of the westbound on-ramp. Bicycle access to the rest area will still be available via the Glenwood Canyon bike path.

Hanging Lake Tunnel to No Name Tunnel, milepost 125 to 118: April 9 to May 14, westbound and eastbound traffic will be shifted round-the-clock onto the eastbound lanes for a single lane of traffic in each direction, with a speed limit of 35 mph at the crossovers and 40 mph between crossovers and a width restriction of 12 feet.

Shoshone Power Plant, Exit 123: April 9 to May 14, the I-70 ramps at Shoshone will be open to the public, but as usual, westbound traffic will be required to exit further west at Grizzly Creek, Exit 121, and circle back east to exit at Shoshone.

Grizzly Creek Rest Area, Exit 121: April 9 to May 14, access to and from eastbound I-70 at Grizzly Creek will be maintained. Motorists who want to head westbound from Grizzly Creek, however, will be required to first travel eight miles east to Bair Ranch, Exit 129, in order to turn around and head back west.

No Name Rest Area, Exit 119: Eastbound on- and off-ramps will remain open, as will the westbound on-ramp. The westbound off-ramp will be closed due to the detour. Motorists accessing No Name in this direction will need to continue to Glenwood Springs, Exit 116 first, turn around, and circle back back eastbound.

Glenwood Canyon bike path: The path will remain open and unaffected.

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