Construction in canyon ramps up today |

Construction in canyon ramps up today

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Motorists should expect to encounter new traffic slowdowns and detours in Glenwood Canyon starting today as resurfacing of eastbound Interstate 70 between the No Name and Grizzly creeks begins.The work will require eastbound traffic to be detoured onto one lane of the westbound lanes from the No Name to Hanging Lake tunnels, resulting in two-way traffic 24 hours a day.The speed limit will be 40 mph through the construction zone.Traffic at the Hanging Lake tunnels already had been diverted to the westbound tunnel to allow for emergency repair of a crack in the eastbound tunnel. That project is expected to continue for much of the year.The resurfacing project is scheduled to be completed before July 4.CDOT is warning motorists to be prepared for delays of up to 25 minutes due to the two projects.Closure of the eastbound lanes will result in some on- and off-ramp closures, and consequent detours, involving the following exits:• No Name: The eastbound Interstate 70 on-ramp will be closed. Motorists from No Name needing eastbound access to I-70 will have to travel west to Glenwood Springs’ main exit to get on eastbound I-70.Westbound I-70 on- and off-ramps will remain open. The No Name Tunnel traffic crossover, where eastbound motorists will be detoured onto a normally westbound lane, also will provide an eastbound exit to No Name.• Grizzly Creek: Westbound I-70 on- and off-ramps will remain open. The eastbound off-ramp will be closed. Access by eastbound traffic will require driving to the Hanging Lake exit, then back west to Grizzly Creek.The I-70 eastbound on-ramp at Grizzly Creek and eastbound I-70 lanes from there to the Shoshone exit will remain open only to traffic needing access to Shoshone.• Shoshone: The two ramps at Shoshone, an eastbound off-ramp and westbound on-ramp, will remain open. However, the eastbound ramp and lanes leading to it will be accessible only by getting on the eastbound I-70 on-ramp at Grizzly Creek. And the only way to get to Grizzly Creek for eastbound travelers will be to head east to Hanging Lake, then west to Grizzly Creek.Motorists also should be aware that the Colorado Department of Transportation is planning to use flaggers at each end of the westbound I-70 on-ramp at Grizzly Creek, to allow eastbound commercial rafting vehicles to exit on the on-ramp and access the Grizzly Creek and Shoshone boat launches without having to go to Hanging Lake.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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