Work on roundabout coming full circle |

Work on roundabout coming full circle

For area motorists, there is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

According to Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks, the north roundabout at the exit 114 Interstate 70 in west Glenwood Springs will be finished in about a week. In the meantime, work continues on both the north and south roundabouts.

As of Monday, 80 percent of the concrete paving on the south roundabout was complete and 90 percent of the north. All ramps on and off the interstate are open, Shanks said.

“The north roundabout should be fully complete within a week ” that’s what the hope is ” and all paving will be done by mid-September,” she said.

Beginning Sunday at 8 p.m., the road that travels underneath I-70 will be closed for pavement removal, grading and concrete paving. It will reopen at 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, Shanks said.

During that time, all I-70 on and off ramps will reopen. Temporary detours on either side of the interstate will be clearly marked.

Work on the intersection at Eighth Street and Midland Avenue is also progressing.

The detour around Eighth and Midland was reopened Monday following a week-long closure last week. Glenwood Springs City Engineer Larry Thompson said the detour was closed while utility pipe was buried on the west end of the Eighth Street bridge. He said Midland remains closed south of Eighth.

The city is regrading the intersection and installing a traffic light. That work is on schedule, Thompson said, and is expected to be finished at the end of September.

The detour will be closed one more time for additional utility work, grading and paving, Thompson said. The closure “is tentatively scheduled to begin the day after Labor Day, Sept. 6. We expect Eighth to remain open until then. It’s uncertain whether the traffic signal will be completed by the end of September.”

If the signal is not installed by then, a three-way stop sign will control the intersection until it’s ready.

Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510

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