Local News Briefs
DEBEQUE, Colorado – A Parachute man was badly injured after a one-vehicle rollover on Interstate 70 east of DeBeque around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.The Colorado State Patrol said Joel Holladay, 26, was driving east when his Chevrolet Blazer went off the left side of the road into the center median five miles east of DeBeque. The vehicle rolled about three times and ejected Holladay, who was not wearing a seat belt, the CSP said.The CSP said alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash. Holladay was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.More information about his condition was unavailable.
GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado – Repair work to Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon will begin Tuesday, Sept. 9. The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work to repair longitudinal surface cracks between mile marker 118 and mile marker 131, in both the eastbound and westbound lanes. The work area will encompass the Hanging Lake Tunnel, which is approximately mile marker 125. The project involves routing and sealing the asphalt center-line longitudinal joint. Work will be performed Monday through Friday, from 6-8 a.m. and may require weekend work as well in order to expedite the project for completion before winter. This schedule will last through the project’s expected completion in mid-October and will involve single-lane closures and up to 15-minute travel delays possible, depending upon traffic volume.For information on this and other CDOT projects, the public may log on to http://www.cotrip.org, or call 511 from anywhere in the state.
SILT, Colorado – Beginning on Monday, traffic patterns through the intersection of Ninth Street and Highway 6 will be reconfigured as the second phase of construction begins on the Silt roundabout.Ninth Street will be closed in the block from Home Avenue to Highway 6 (Main Street) for about 21 days, according to Tim Laudick, project manager for Martinez Western Constructors who is doing the project.”This will affect people coming down Ninth and going towards Main,” Laudick said. “Instead they can take Home Avenue to Eighth Street and get back on Main.”The new configuration consists of two-way traffic on the south side of Highway 6 and two-way traffic on Ninth from Interstate 70 to Highway 6.Construction will include building the roadway platform, curb and gutter and sidewalk. Access to all businesses will be open.”There shouldn’t really be any delays,” Laudick said. “It will be a three-way stop and traffic will be controlled at the intersection of Ninth and Highway 6 using a flagger system.”The roundabout construction started in early July and should be complete in the first part of October.Likewise, construction of Rifle’s two roundabouts at the I-70 interchange and at Airport Road is coming along very smoothly, Laudick said.”We’ll be opening the eastbound off ramp either Tuesday evening or Wednesday as scheduled,” he said. “We have two major concrete pours left, and we don’t anticipate any more closures.”The roundabouts will both be opened sometime this month, although there will be some striping and signage left to do.For more information about the roundabout projects, contact Western Martinez at 319-5380.
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