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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – From Tuesday, Aug. 14, through Friday, Aug. 24, maintenance crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin a resurfacing project on I-70 at Exit 105 in New Castle.

The project involves milling the on- and off-ramps to and from the interstate, as well as the bridge over the interstate, then repaving them in order to create a much-needed smoother surface.

Additional work will take place at the Silt interchange at Exit 97, which will require no lane closures, and at the Mamm Creek Interchange at Exit 94, where one off-ramp will be closed. Motorists should expect traffic delays on the interchanges both north and south of the overpasses while work is underway.

Work will take place on the project from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Crews will close one ramp at a time and will reopen each ramp as soon as they have completed their work.

Motorists heading westbound should use Canyon Creek Exit 109 and eastbound traffic should use Silt Exit 97 during work hours.

The speed limit will be reduced through the on- and off-ramp work zones to 35 mph and the pavement will be grooved from the milling process before it is repaved. Motorists are reminded to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive slow for the Cone Zone.

BASALT, Colorado – Starting Wednesday, Aug. 15, and through the end of September, the Eagle-Thomasville Road, Forest Road 400, will be closed at the Lime Creek crossing for replacement of a culvert. There will be no detour around the project.

The construction project is located at the intersection with Forest Road 506, which will remain open during construction. It is anticipated that the closure will remain in effect through September.

This construction project is part of an ongoing U.S. Forest Service program to replace aging corrugated metal culverts.

The new structures are designed to better handle peak stream flows and provide easier passage for fish and other aquatic animals. The new culverts, called “aquatic organism passages,” are wider than a round culvert and have an open bottom, allowing the stream channel to maintain more of its natural characteristics.

The design allows aquatic organisms to more freely move up and down the stream channel. These new passages are also less likely to catch woody debris that can block a culvert and cause damaging flooding during periods of high water.

For more information, contact the Sopris Ranger District at 963-2266.

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