Local traffic briefs
Commuters frustrated by backups on Highway 82 near Basalt aren’t going to have any relief very soon. Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews are replacing bridge expansion joints, and the work isn’t scheduled to be finished until near the end of August.Currently, one eastbound lane is closed, and once that job is finished, CDOT workers will switch and one westbound lane will be closed. CDOT spokesperson Nancy Shanks wrote in a statement, “CDOT has adjusted the timing of some stop lights on SH 82 near the work to help ease traffic congestion caused by the project.”The job, which Shanks called “essential,” will take place on the bridge Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until repairs are completed.
Maintenance crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation will continue chip sealing a section of Highway 133 north of the McClure Pass summit next week.The work is being done between mile markers 43 and 47 Monday, July 24, and Tuesday, July 25. Crews will be on the highway between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., with sweeping being done at night. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph and will be enforced 24 hours a day through the work zone to ensure the new highway surface will set properly and to help motorists avoid cracked windshields. Motorists should drive slowly and also maintain a generous following distance while driving amongst single-lane, alternating traffic.
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The BLM will conduct an environmental assessment of the proposed wells needed to begin the NEPA process on the larger quarry expansion.