I-70 work in Glenwood expected to wrap up by October 31 | PostIndependent.com

I-70 work in Glenwood expected to wrap up by October 31

Think of it as a deep pore facial cleansing that takes four months.That’s essentially what is happening on Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs between mile marker 116 at the main Glenwood Springs exit and mile marker 112 at South Canyon.The Colorado Department of Transportation has been working on the resurfacing of that segment of the highway since early July and is expected to have it completed by Oct. 31. So far, the project is on schedule.The project includes milling off three inches of the existing pavement followed by recycling of the underlying pavement, which will then be overlaid with new asphalt.”With milling, you get into the deeper cracks (of the highway),” said Nancy Shanks, public information officer for CDOT. “It’s like a deep cleaning of the highway.”The work also includes guardrail improvements and upgrading of the rockfall protection barrier on westbound I-70 between East Canyon Creek and South Canyon.The remaining work is the final asphalt mat on the eastbound lanes, installing median terminals and guardrail in the median near Exit 116, shouldering and permanent striping, Shanks said.The cost of the project was $5.5 million and the contract was awarded to Elam Construction of Grand Junction. The last major surface treatment was in 1994, but maintenance crews have performed numerous skin patches, chip seals and more between 1994 and 2005 to keep the road alive. Drivers can expect a one-lane closure through the westbound segment of the highway between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.Eastbound traffic will experience lane closures from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.The speed limit through the area has been reduced to 40 miles per hour.Delays up to 20 minutes may be experienced during heavy traffic periods, although typical delays are only a few minutes. No alternate routes or detours around the project are available.

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