Double fines, orange cones to hit I-70 drivers this summer
Driving Interstate 70 between Grand Junction and Denver will have you seeing plenty of orange barrels. It’s officially construction season on the state’s primary east-west thoroughfare, and that means delays, lane reductions and perhaps a headache or two. It also means higher fines in construction zones for traffic violations other than just speeding. The Colorado Department of Transportation kicked off its “Slow for the Cone Zone” campaign on June 6, encouraging folks to drive safely through construction zones. With the passage of House Bill 1151, which takes effect July 1, drivers can now be double-fined for violations related to careless driving, including following too closely, passing illegally, disobeying traffic signs held by highway workers, failing to yield to pedestrians and other infractions. Double-fines do not apply to drivers’ license, vehicle registration, emissions or parking violations. The Colorado State Patrol is targeting I-70 construction projects in the Eisenhower Tunnel and between Georgetown and Idaho Springs for increased traffic enforcement. Locally, patrolmen will be targeting Colorado Highway 13 south of Meeker for a highway widening project. With that in mind, there will be plenty of construction projects along I-70 this summer through which police hope people will drive carefully.In late June, CDOT will begin resurfacing I-70 between South Canyon and Glenwood Springs Exit 116. The project involves milling three inches of pavement off the freeway and adding three and a half inches of new pavement on top. Guardrail improvements will also be made. CDOT will be holding an open house at 4 p.m. June 13 at 202 Centennial St. in Glenwood to discuss the project.Other I-70 projects include:n Paving from Empire Junction to Fall River Road. Expected to be complete in August. n Paving from Georgetown to Empire Junction. Expected to be complete in September. n Safety improvement and paving from the Eisenhower Tunnel to Bakerville. Expected to be complete in September. n Sediment control from the Eisenhower Tunnel to Silverthorne. Expected to be complete in June. n Culvert repairs through Glenwood Springs. Expected to be complete in October. n Paving east of Clifton. Expected to be complete in October. n Bridge Construction at 24 Road in Grand Junction. Expected to be complete in July. n Minor repair work from Grand Junction to Denver throughout the summer. Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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