7 a.m. closures of I-70 in canyon Tues., Wed. | PostIndependent.com

7 a.m. closures of I-70 in canyon Tues., Wed.

The Colorado Department of Transportation plans full closures of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon at 7 a.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday for rock scaling.

It’s expected that only one stop will be needed each day to complete the work, but additional closures may be required. The closures will be between Grizzly Creek, Mile Marker 121, and Hanging Lake Tunnel, MM 125.

The stops, which are intended to last 20 minutes, will include closing the Glenwood Canyon bike path.

“This is a major step toward concluding our project on time,” said Adam Cornely, CDOT project engineer. “Rock scaling is crucial to maintaining safety in Glenwood Canyon for motorists and the construction team. During these operations, loose rock will be released from up to 350 feet above the roadway, so closing the road is the safest option available.”

Crews are making every effort to minimize impacts on traffic. Cornely said 7 a.m. was chosen because traffic studies show substantially lower traffic volumes and less commuter impact then than any other time of day.

Since July 6, I-70 through the canyon has been a single lane in each direction for repairs.

The $7.3 million project, awarded to Truesdell Corp., is expected to conclude Oct. 30. It involves removing the existing asphalt and waterproofing membrane and replacing it with a thin-bonded polyester concrete overlay. This increases the longevity of the surface and decreases the frequency of overlays within the canyon.

Normal work hours are Monday through Friday during daylight hours. Some night and weekend work is anticipated.

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