I-70 West Vail Pass Bridge – Two E/B Lanes NOW OPEN, and remain open following holiday

November 19, 2010 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Please plan for periodic, single-lane closures during work hours; eastbound travelers should plan for some delays.

EAGLE COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Kiewit Infrastructure Company began a bridge repair project on November 12 at the structure over Black Gore Creek on west Vail Pass. The work, which is scheduled for completion by December 21, was contracted to Kiewit for approximately $300,000.

The project involves the replacement of steel bolts at the structure’s east-end, where the horizontal steel girders (support structures) are anchored to the bridge’s concrete abutment (where bridge meets land). New high-strength steel expansion anchors are being installed.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS – There is a right shoulder closure on eastbound I-70 at mile marker 182.5; this shoulder closure will remain through the project’s completion by December 21. The speed limit is reduced to 45 mph through the work zone 24/7. Periodically, there may be a single, right-lane closure through the work zone to enable staging of equipment. Motorists planning trips to the Front Range (particularly for an airline flight) should plan for these potential lane reductions during work hours only, which are Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 5 PM, Saturdays from 7 AM to 3 PM and on Sundays, no work is anticipated.

The public information line for the project is (303) 319-5857. For information about other CDOT projects or road conditions statewide, the public may log on to www.cotrip.org, sign up for e-mail or wireless message alerts, or call 511 from anywhere in the state. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!