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

I-70 closures planned for sign replacement

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Both lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon will be closed for up to one hour tonight starting at midnight for replacement of the electronic variable message signs.

Depending upon the progress of sign installation, crews may need to implement another full stop between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Tuesday, and possibly another one at midnight tomorrow.

Crews will be installing two of the four new variable message signs (VMS) for eastbound I-70 travel just west of Hanging Lake Tunnel in Glenwood Canyon, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation press release.

Currently, the eastbound left lane is 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 CDOT officials.

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

Crews will 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 for eastbound traffic, with a possible delay of up to 30 minutes. Information will be sent out regarding these impacts.

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