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Work on damaged part of I-70 to begin Monday

Work to repair damage to Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon from a rockslide New Year’s Day will begin Monday. The rockslide damaged the outer eastbound lane and it remains closed at mile marker 124.9 just west of Hanging Lake Tunnel. It is also several hundred yards west of the area where a rockslide occurred on Thanksgiving Day 2004. Colorado Department of Transportation has contracted GA Western of Palisade to undertake repairs for $53,000. The total project cost is expected to be about $70,000.”This happened on a holiday, but we were able to get the work designed and out for competitive bidding by the next working day by utilizing the emergency contracting process,” said CDOT program engineer Joe Elsen.The slide, which occurred before 9:30 a.m. brought down approximately 10 rocks, about three tons each, causing minor damage to the westbound lanes. A heavier rock landed in the outer eastbound lane, smashing a hole approximately 3 feet by 4 feet in the bridge deck. The deck is about one foot thick and consists of reinforced concrete overlaid with 3 inches of asphalt.Although the rock punched a hole through the bridge deck, it ultimately bounced over the guardrail and landed in the river.Maintenance crews hauled away all the rocks on the highway with loaders and quickly opened one lane of traffic in each direction. CDOT Glenwood Springs engineers designed the project to repair the damage to the eastbound lane, as well as some damage to a concrete barrier and steel guardrail on both sides.The work will most likely take place Monday through Friday, but some weekend work may occur depending on weather and project schedule. The project is scheduled for completion on Feb. 3.


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