Bridge Deck Rehabilitation to Cause Delays on Westbound I-70 at 44th Avenue This Weekend

June 3, 2011 - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 6 - DENVER—Starting at 7 p.m. tonight, June 3rd and continuing until 5:30 a.m. on Monday, June 6th, the left lane of westbound I-70 at 44th Avenue will be closed for bridge deck rehabilitation. All ramps will remain open throughout the weekend.

The bridge deck rehabilitation consists of rotomilling the existing asphalt mat, removing the deteriorated concrete, replacing the bridge deck with new concrete, paving, and striping.

The bridge deck work is complete on eastbound and westbound I-70 over Ward Road and eastbound I-70 over 44th Avenue.  Crews will finish the work on westbound I-70 over 44th Avenue next weekend, weather permitting.

During the weekend work, major delays are expected and alternate routes are strongly advised.  The speed limit will be reduced to 55 MPH during work hours only.  Most fines for infractions that occur in the work zone will be doubled.  CDOT would like to remind motorists to plan ahead, obey all construction signs and flaggers and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

The bridge deck rehabilitation is part of an interchange improvement at I-70 and Ward Road that reconstructed the eastbound I-70 ramps at 44th Avenue/Ward Road to increase merge distance. The north side of 44th Avenue was also widened to accommodate two left turn lanes from eastbound 44th Avenue to I-70 as well as one full continuous merge lane on 44th Avenue between the I-70 off-ramp and Ward Road.  The interchange improvements are complete, but the bridge deck rehabilitation work remains as well as some paving on I-70.

Asphalt Paving Co. is the contractor for this $8.5 million project scheduled to be complete by the end of July 2011.