Surface Improvement Project Set to Start on Highway 115

April 14, 2011 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - FREMONT COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins paving State Highway (SH) 115 in the Florence area next week.

Rotomilling and paving operations begin on Monday, April 18, and continue through Friday, April 22.  Two segments will be under construction: in Florence, on westbound Main Street, from Gumaer Avenue to Florence Avenue; and eastbound and westbound SH 115, from the east end of Florence to the Arkansas River Bridge.  Flaggers will alternate traffic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and delays up to 10 minutes should be expected.  The speed limit will be reduced to 30 mph and vehicles wider than 11 feet will not be permitted through the work zone.

Four major segments then will be upgraded when paving resumes on SH 115 in mid-May (see attached map):

  • Between the Arkansas River Bridge and U.S. 50 (mile 11.4-13.9)
  • Beginning four miles north of Penrose, between Beaver Creek & Salt Creek (mile 18.8-24.1)
  • From just south of Fremont/El Paso County Line and continuing north four miles (mile 26-30.2)
  • Beginning at Big Turkey Creek and continuing north four miles  (mile 31.2-35)

Specific information regarding work hours and traffic impacts for these segments will be distributed before construction resumes.

In addition to rotomilling and paving, new bridge rail also will be installed at various locations.

“Preserving and improving our infrastructure is one of CDOT’s key functions, and this project illustrates that,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Robert Burch.  “Overall, we’re upgrading safety and enhancing almost 17 miles of highway with rehabilitated bridges, new culverts, and an improved roadway surface for this heavily-traveled segment.  Drivers may have noticed the new guardrails and traffic signs that have been installed along State Highway 115 over the last few months.”

The project is scheduled for completion in October 2011.

Rocky Mountain Materials and Asphalt of Colorado Springs, Colo., is the contractor for the $3.9 million project, of which $2 million is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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