I-70 closures planned for sign replacement | PostIndependent.com

I-70 closures planned for sign replacement

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A project to replace four electronic variable message signs on eastbound Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon will result in lane closures and intermittent full closures over the next few weeks.

Depending on the progress of the work, crews may implement an hour-long traffic stop at midnight tonight following similar closures last night, according to Colorado Department of Transportation regional spokesperson Nancy Shanks.

Crews are now installing two of the four new variable message signs (VMS) for eastbound I-70 just west of Hanging Lake Tunnel in Glenwood Canyon, Shanks said in a press release. The eastbound left lane is currently closed from mile point 124 to 125.9, just west of the tunnel.

“The purpose for the lane closure is two-fold ” crews will be working on the concrete bases from the left lane, and the left lane through the tunnel will need to remain closed so crews can safely enter and exit the control room and maintenance garage,” according to the press release.

The VMS boards are used to communicate tunnel lane closure messages during work or emergencies. This cannot happen when they are dismantled.

Crews were expected to be working Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the lane closure will be in place 24/7 until the project is completed in late May. The work zone speed is reduced to 40 mph, and a a 12-foot width restriction is in place.

Additional daytime and nighttime traffic stops may be needed next week, with possible delays of up to 30 minutes. Updated information will be sent out regarding these impacts.

CDOT is under contract with DKS Enterprises for approximately $375,000 to do the sign replacement project.

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