Paving work to close Hanging Lake Rest Area on Tuesday |

Paving work to close Hanging Lake Rest Area on Tuesday

GLENWOOD CANYON, Colorado – Weather permitting, paving work on I-70 at the Hanging Lake Rest Area will be started sooner than announced earlier. The rest area is now expected to be closed to motorized vehicles for 10 days, from Tuesday, April 3, through Thursday, April 12.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and its contractor, Interstate Highway Construction of Englewood, are repaving sections of the westbound lanes of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon from Hanging Lake, Exit 125, to No Name, Exit 119.

The $3 million project is the third in a series of phased projects to gradually replace the asphalt pavement through the entire canyon with more durable, longer-lasting concrete pavement.

Paving work is expected to last until the middle of May if weather conditions remain favorable.

Hanging Lake Rest Area will be closed for the 10-day period so the contractor can rebuild the westbound on-ramp approach and the right lane and shoulder of the main westbound lanes of I-70 in that area.

Bicycle access to the rest area will still be available via the Glenwood Canyon bike path.

Traffic will be switched to a two-way, head-to-head alignment using the eastbound lanes through the work zone, from Hanging Lake to No Name, starting Tuesday, April 3, and continuing until the project is complete in mid-May.

Both Hanging Lake ramps will be open after the 10-day ramp closure.

The construction will affect other exits in the work zone, requiring some detours and restrictions, as follows:

• Hanging Lake Tunnel to No Name Tunnel, milepost 125 to 118: April 3 to May 14, westbound and eastbound traffic will be shifted round-the-clock onto the eastbound lanes for a single lane of traffic in each direction, with a speed limit of 35 mph at the crossovers and 40 mph between crossovers and a width restriction of 12 feet.

• Shoshone Power Plant, Exit 123: April 9 to May 14, the I-70 ramps at Shoshone will be open to the public, but as usual, westbound traffic will be required to exit further west at Grizzly Creek, Exit 121, and circle back east to exit at Shoshone.

• Grizzly Creek Rest Area, Exit 121: April 9 to May 14, access to and from eastbound I-70 at Grizzly Creek will be maintained. Motorists who want to head westbound from Grizzly Creek, however, will be required to first travel eight miles east to Bair Ranch, Exit 129, in order to turn around and head back west.

• No Name Rest Area, Exit 119: Eastbound on- and off-ramps will remain open, as will the westbound on-ramp. The westbound off-ramp will be closed due to the detour. Motorists accessing No Name in this direction will need to continue to Glenwood Springs, Exit 116 first, turn around, and circle back eastbound.

• Glenwood Canyon bike path: The path will remain open and unaffected.

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