I-70 west Glenwood exit to close next week
The Interstate 70 westbound off-ramp at Exit 114 in west Glenwood Springs will be closed next week.The closure will start at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, and is scheduled to end the following Thursday evening. In the meantime, westbound motorists can get to west Glenwood at either Exit 116 in Glenwood Springs or farther west at Exit 111 at South Canyon (doubling back to the Exit 114 eastbound off-ramp). The closure of the westbound off-ramp is required to complete the final reconstruction, grading and asphalt paving of the new ramp configuration. The original project phasing allowed for up to a 45-day closure of this off-ramp to facilitate the reconstruction of the ramp and a major portion of the north roundabout at Exit 114. Together, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor KECI developed alternative project phasing that has substantially decreased the duration of this ramp closure to lessen the impact to adjacent business owners and the traveling public. The ramp was closed previously for about five hours on a Sunday night to begin reconstruction of the ramp.Progress continues to be made with the construction of the north and south roundabouts at Exit 114. About 80 percent of the storm sewer improvements have been completed, which has allowed for above-ground construction of the roundabouts to proceed.Current and near-future construction activities at the roundabouts will include the remaining reconstruction of the westbound off-ramp, installation of new curb and gutter, completing the patterned concrete truck aprons at the roundabouts, concrete paving of the drive lanes at the north roundabout, installation of colored crosswalks, construction of new handicapped-accessible curb ramps, sub-grade preparation at the south roundabout and construction of a temporary realignment of the eastbound off-ramp at Exit 114.Concrete paving of the roundabouts is about 15 percent complete on the north side and 33 percent complete on the south.For the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be complete by November, traffic will be reduced to a single, 12-foot-wide lane in either direction through the work zones. Hours of work will be daylight hours, Monday through Friday and some weekends, weather permitting. The speed limit through the construction zones will be reduced to 25 mph.
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