Summer and construction go hand in hand |

Summer and construction go hand in hand

The heat of summer is something we all have grown to accept. For many motorists, summertime also means construction projects that leave you hot under the collar.This summer is no different.Today marks the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a frustrating highway construction project. The extensive resurfacing project will take place on Interstate 70 between the West Glenwood and main Glenwood Springs exits. Actually, a little beyond both exits.The Colorado Department of Transportation project, which is expected to take up to four months, will mean a major slowdown for motorists, both local and tourists alike.The grumbling has started about what this construction job will do to the tourist season. Who knows?The reality is simple – I-70 will be resurfaced, and guardrails and rock barriers will be upgraded. Tourists and locals will be affected.As with any construction project, traffic will get clogged and motorists will get irritated, frustrated and downright mad at times. But this is something that we will be stuck with, so let’s try to make the best of it.Slow down, leave for work early, and be prepared for the one-lane traffic that will lengthen the commute. Speed limits in the construction zones will be 45 mph for the duration of the project. CDOT plans to try and minimize the traffic impacts by avoiding work during the morning and evening commute times. Work is scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to dusk on the eastbound lanes and from 7 a.m. to 4:30 on the westbound lanes.Hopefully, CDOT will consider having crews work some nights and weekends as well. It could speed up the project and help ease the impact even more. Highway construction is a rite of summer. It’d be nice to say don’t sweat it, but like summertime, sweat is part of the season.Construction is set to begin today. Be ready, slow down and take it as easy as possible. It’s going to be a long four months, but there’s not much we can do about it.

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