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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We at the Colorado Department of Transportation would like to express our apology to motorists traveling on Interstate 70 west of Glenwood Springs, as well as Highway 82, for inconveniencing them during their commute on Monday.

Our maintenance project involved chip sealing a section of I-70 between Glenwood and Canyon Creek, a procedure that seals the highway surface and helps prolong the surface life of the roadway.

While this chip sealing operation is necessary prior to the freeze-thaw cycles of winter and spring weather, it sometimes can cause tremendous inconveniences for the growing number of commuters and tourists along the I-70 corridor.

Our first mistake was misjudjing the impacts on these traffic volumes.

We faced an additional challenge during this project when our chip-sealed surface did not cure as anticipated. We made the decision to keep the westbound lane closure in place through the evening rush hour, as the loose surface would have caused more detriment to drivers and their vehicles.

But we ultimately caused lengthy delays and great inconvenience to motorists during their commutes. We are very sorry for our oversight in planning, and for the resulting delays incurred by travelers.

We will be suspending the chip seal projects on both I-70 and Highway 82 until further evaluation of our procedures and traffic control, following our highway sweeping Tuesday night.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience we caused motorists.


Owen Leonard

Region 3 transportation director

Weldon Allen

Maintenance superintendent

Colorado Department of


Grand Junction

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