CDOT Recessed Paving & Milling for the Day as Holiday Traffic Continues to Flow from the High Country

July 5, 2011 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - EAGLE COUNTY – CDOT’s contractor performing safety improvements on Vail Pass recessed milling and paving in the eastbound lanes for the day shortly before noon because of the unexpectedly high traffic counts and traffic delays.

The decision to proceed with construction today was based on traffic counts on July 5th of last year.   By mid-day today it was clear traffic far exceeded last year and CDOT immediately limited the work in order to relieve congestion.  American Civil Constructors, Inc. (ACC) still has a small single-lane closure at the top of the pass in both the east and west bound lanes which could not be immediately reopened because guardrail/median had been removed for replacement.

ACC completed the milling and paving of the eastbound travel lanes of Vail pass last week and were scheduled to finish up milling and paving on the eastbound bridge decks this week. The bridge deck paving requires shorter lane closures which will resume tomorrow.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS: Through the project’s completion by late September, crews anticipate being in the roadway Monday through Thursday from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M., and until noon on Fridays (there is no weekend work anticipated at this time). To minimize current impacts to eastbound travel, however, paving is only being done Monday through Thursday and the paving work zones have been shortened and consolidated into one. During work hours, motorists can expect single-lane closures in both directions. Currently, there are NO WEEKEND TRAVEL IMPACTS from noon on Fridays through Sundays and there will be NO HOLIDAY TRAVEL IMPACTS over the holiday weekend, from Thursday night at 7 P.M. to Tuesday morning at 7 A.M. Full traffic stops may occur, at times, but are not anticipated until September. These stops will be necessary for VMS placement over the westbound lanes, and will occur during low traffic periods. Initially, a section of the bike path near the summit will be rerouted during drainage work in that area – riders will be shifted onto a temporary alignment along the I-70 shoulder, with barriers.

For travel information, contact the project information office at 970-566-6912 or sign up for regular updates at [email protected]GET WIRELESS NOTIFICATIONS: If you would like to receive e-mail and/or wireless notifications for this (and other) CDOT projects, please go to CDOT’s web site at and select the green phone icon in the upper right corner (sign up for the “I-70 West, Denver to Glenwood Springs” list to receive messages on the Vail Pass Project). You may also contact ACC’s public relations officer, Jody Randall, directly at 720-244-7312. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!