Glenwood Canyon paving to start this Wednesday
SWeather permitting, the Colorado Department of Transportation will start major resurfacing of the eastbound lanes on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon on Wednesday, with work scheduled to run through the end of June.
Paving work will be done along a four-mile stretch from the Grizzly Creek Rest Area to Hanging Lake Tunnel, but traffic will be constrained from No Name to Hanging Lake.
The project will replace the current asphalt pavement with more durable, longer-lasting concrete pavement.
Lawson Construction of Loveland holds the $2.9 million contract to carry out the job.
The project will affect I-70 motorists, bike path travelers and recreational boaters as follows:
I-70 work zone traffic switch, No Name to Hanging Lake Tunnel: Eastbound lanes will be closed to expedite project completion. Eastbound and westbound traffic will move in single lanes using the westbound lanes. The speed limit will be 40 mph with a width restriction of 12 feet.
No Name, Exit 119: The I-70 westbound on- and off-ramps will remain open. There will be an exit at the No Name Tunnel traffic crossover that will allow No Name residents and visitors to access the No Name area. The I-70 eastbound on-ramp will be closed to the public, but will be open to commercial rafters/guides needing access to Grizzly Creek Rest Area. Travelers who need to access eastbound I-70 from No Name must first go west to Glenwood Springs Exit 116 and turn around there to head east on I-70.
Grizzly Creek Rest Area Exit 121: Access to and from westbound I-70 at Grizzly Creek will be maintained. The I-70 eastbound off-ramp at Grizzly Creek will be closed to the public and to commercial rafting outfitters from April 16 to May 28 (approximate dates). Motorists who need to access the Grizzly Creek Rest Area from eastbound I-70 must continue east to I-70 exit 125, Hanging Lake Rest Area, turn around and travel west back to the Grizzly Creek at Exit 121.
Shoshone Power Plant and boat launch Exit 123: The I-70 ramps at the Shoshone exit will be closed to the public but will remain open to power plant employees only. It is anticipated the ramps will be open to the public by Saturday, May 28.
Hanging Lake Rest Area Exit 125: Both the eastbound off-ramp and westbound on-ramp will remain open throughout construction.
Glenwood Canyon Trail: the bicycle path through the canyon will remain open throughout construction.
For updated information on this and other CDOT projects, visit http://www.dot.state.co.us/TravelInfo/currentcond, call 511, or call Tom Newland, public information manager for the project, at (970) 773-3457.
To receive project updates via wireless device or e-mail, visit http://www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cellphone icon in the upper right corner. The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including traffic alerts for northwest Colorado.
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Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon closed around 9 p.m. Thursday for a flash flood warning.