Major Milestone Reached in Cameron Pass Project

December 20, 2011 - Northern Colorado/CDOT Regions 3 and 4 - Work continues this week, pass to remain open during holidays.

Crews have completed the complex hillside fill process in the Cameron Pass emergency repairs project. Work has been underway since August on State Highway (SH) 14 on the west side of Cameron Pass near the town of Gould.

Last week, crews finished stacking the Styrofoam-like blocks that fill and stabilize the hillside. Starting this week and continuing for the next several weeks, crews will pour concrete over the repair site, which is larger than a football field, to protect the new fill. The work does not require a full closure of SH 14, but there will be single-lane alternating traffic through the work zone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Emergency repairs became necessary when melting snowpack deteriorated a 600-foot stretch of hillside. To stabilize the slope, crews have removed the existing earth and are currently replacing it with dense Styrofoam-like blocks. The blocks are stacked tightly on top of each other and the space between each block filled, thereby holding the hillside in place and preventing further deterioration in the future. The condition of the roadway will also be improved with repaving as part of this project.

During work hours, typically 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, flaggers will be on site to direct motorists through the work zone. When construction activities are not taking place, traffic will be directed through the work zone with traffic signals. Delays of 15-20 minutes should be expected throughout the project and alternate routes are strongly advised. A suggested alternative route is through Laramie, Wyoming and then south to Walden on Highways WY-230 to CO-127 and CO 125.

The speed limit has been reduced to 25 MPH through the work zone and commercial vehicles more than 12 feet wide will not be permitted. CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone. Fines will be doubled for most infractions that occur in the work zone.

Duckels Construction, Inc. is the contractor for this $2.5 million project, which will be completed in early 2012. Questions about the project can be directed to Stacy Spector at 970-723-3756.

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