FASTER project moving slower than expected
PITKIN COUNTY, Colorado – Work on the Highway 82 Shale Bluffs rockfall mitigation will be extended to Jan. 16.
Contractor Rocksolid Solutions said it has experienced a number of bad weather days where neither hillside work nor highway lane closures were advisable. The project began on Sept. 13 and was initially scheduled for completion by the end of November. No work will take place during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weekends.
In addition, the CDOT has added some work to the project – 75,000 square feet of wire mesh, which will be placed on the slope under the cable netting – that will require additional time to complete.
“This mesh has smaller openings designed to keep the small rocks and debris from sloughing off the slope, as routinely happened before,” CDOT Project Engineer Josh Cullen said. “We’re also going to repair a damaged concrete retaining wall panel on the downvalley lanes.”
The specific location for this work – and resulting travel impacts – is at mile marker 35 to 36, just upvalley from the intersection of Brush Creek Road.
During rockfall work, a daily right-lane closure (Monday through Friday and some Saturdays) is in place along eastbound lanes, avoiding the peak commute hours of 6-9 a.m. Full traffic stops, lasting up to 15 minutes, in both upvalley lanes will be necessary on occasion to allow for rock scaling or other work that may dislodge rocks.
The project was funded with $1.2 million in FASTER funding (Senate Bill 108 – Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery) and $350,000 from the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Rockfall Program.
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