Roundabout work moves ahead
Roundabout construction at the West Glenwood interchange of Interstate 70 took a mighty leap forward earlier this week when the traffic signal at Mel Ray Road and Highway 6&24 was removed. Drivers will have to adjust to stop signs, uneven pavement and twisty detours. Traffic headed south on Midland or westbound on Interstate 70 is now detoured about 200 feet west of the intersection onto a temporary route.This week the Colorado Department of Transportation will reduce Highway 6 from four to two lanes, one in each direction. A new solid yellow stripe will be sprayed on the pavement to alert drivers to the new configuration, said CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks. While there will be no closure of Highway 6 during roundabout construction, “there will certainly be some slow downs because of the single lanes,” Shanks said.The eastbound on-ramp at Exit 114 will remain closed for about three more weeks while the south roundabout is constructed. Drivers who wish to travel east on I-70 are directed to detour on Highway 6 to Exit 116, the main Glenwood Springs exit. The westbound on- and off-ramps at West Glenwood as well as the eastbound off-ramp will remain open during roundabout construction, Shanks said.Also this week, construction crews have been laying a new storm sewer, which is now about 70 percent complete. “Night work is expected tonight (Wednesday) and most likely tomorrow, perhaps until midnight or early morning to expedite this storm sewer work,” Shanks said. “There will be no additional noise, per se, but any time a contractor works past 8 p.m., the city requires a noise permit. There will be back-up alarm and other typical construction noises.”Construction on the north roundabout will pick up pace now with removal of the pavement.Several underground utilities will be relocated in the north roundabout and Mel Ray road area, Shanks said. “Access remains open to all business adjacent to the project.”For weekly updates about the roundabouts, call the construction hotline at 328-2360. Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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