Letter: Highway 133 project needed

Carl Smith

I am a resident of the Crystal River Valley. I have been observing the reconstruction of Highway 133 between Carbondale and Redstone. I drive or ride my motorcycle or bicycle up and down this highway on a daily basis. As a result I have had the opportunity to closely watch this highway reconstruction work since the work began. It is a very extensive project including bridge work, rock work, road base improvement and repaving.

First, I signed up for the weekly e-mail that is sent out by the staff at CDOT. That e-mail keeps me informed of the work scheduled for that week. I have observed the quality of work done by United Companies, the general contractor. and A-1 Traffic Control. The staff of both of these firms appear to be very concerned about the safety of the traveling public and the quality of the work performed.

At times I have had to wait as traffic in the narrow canyon has to be restricted to one direction of travel. While this is inconvenient, the time is typically minimal and the flaggers are friendly and courteous. Since I receive the CDOT e-mail I can typically plan if there will be travel restrictions, where they will be and if I need to leave earlier to compensate.

The next phase of the construction will be repavement of the highway. It will obviously be larger and likely much more inconvenient, but the current condition of Highway 133 requires this work to maintain a safe highway. Overall, this is a very good project and is needed for all of us that care to travel up and down this beautiful valley.

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