I-70 paving at Eisenhower Tunnel begins Sunday | PostIndependent.com

I-70 paving at Eisenhower Tunnel begins Sunday

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Highway crews will begin rotomilling and paving eastbound Interstate 70 in the Eisenhower Tunnel on Sunday, June 10. The project will continue through the summer.

Work will take place around the clock, except on weekends, and the speed limit through the work zone will be reduced to 45 mph. However, only minor delays are anticipated during work hours, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Crews will monitor traffic and adjust and/or remove lane closures if long backups develop, CDOT said.

Each week, work hours will start Sundays at 10 p.m. and continue through the week, ending at 6 a.m. on Fridays.

The work will take place from the Dillon Reservoir Overlook (mile 204) to the west portal of the tunnel (mile 214). It will also entail guardrail replacement, minor bridge repair and minor shoulder improvements, erosion control and culvert pipe work, striping, seeding and mulching.

Starting June 10, initial rotomilling and paving operations will take place from mile 204 to the Silverthorne/Dillon Interchange (exit 205) through the end of June. Work will be suspended during the Fourth of July week (July 1-6). Rotomilling and paving then begins east of the interchange in early July.

“We know the project will impact traffic at times, but this is the only time of the year for paving highways in the high country,” said CDOT project engineer Kevin Brown in a press release. “With the big traffic numbers and the high percentage of trucks with chains in the winter that this section of I-70 experiences, the road condition has degraded and is very much in need of new asphalt surface. Highway users will notice the improvements.”

Paving is expected to be completed by the end of August, with the entire project completed in September. Asphalt Paving Co. of Golden, Colo. is the contractor for the $5.4 million project.

Traffic information about this or other CDOT projects is available at http://www.cotrip.org or by calling 511 statewide.

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