Work under way to repair damaged road in canyon |

Work under way to repair damaged road in canyon

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Work has begun in Glenwood Canyon to repair damage causes by the massive rock fall on March 8.

Flatiron Construction Corp. of Longmont will be making the repairs, and the cost of the repair project is estimated at $860,000. However, according to a CDOT news release, the total cost of the repairs – including CDOT maintenance and design work – is expected to be much higher, with the dollar amount to be reported later.

Also according to the news release, because of the need to expedite repairs on the interstate, the contract carries with it a $5,000 a day incentive for early completion (with $5,000 deducted each day the work runs past their set completion date). Flatiron Construction, in its bid package, set a completion date of May 15; the company can earn a maximum of $31,000 in early completion incentives by beating this projected date.

The repair work is being conducted between mile markers 124 and 125, just west of the Hanging Lake Tunnel. Work will involve bridge deck and bridge wall/rail repairs (including 150 feet of new steel bridge rail); guardrail repairs (about 120 linear feet) to hillside concrete barrier; median concrete barrier repair (replacement of 400 linear feet); removal and replacement of 690 square feet of concrete retaining walls; straightening of steel bridge girders using a flame straightening process; some lighting and electrical repairs; and repairs to the bike trail below. Finally, the contractor will use approximately 500 tons of base course material on the roadway, as well as 400 tons of patching asphalt to repair the highway surface.

Work will be done Monday through Friday during the day. There will be a single lane of traffic open in each direction, but motorists may encounter occasional traffic stops. The speed limit is reduced from 50 to 40 mph; delays should be minimal. There is a 14-foot width restriction.

The Glenwood Canyon bike path could open sometime in April, but the section between the Shoshone power plant and Hanging Lake rest area will remain closed until the highway repairs are completed in May.

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