Mount Harris Canyon Rockfall Mitigation Project Begins Monday

March 30, 2012 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Beginning Monday, April 2, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will kick off a rockfall prevention project in Mount Harris Canyon between Steamboat Springs and Craig near the town of Hayden.

Located along US 40 between mile marker (MM) 113 and MM 120, the project will include a variety of safety improvements to the existing rock cuts.

During the project, crews will remove loose rocks from the existing rock cuts and slopes (called scaling), install a rockfall fence above the roadway, and install wire mesh to redirect rocks and debris into the nearby ditch. CDOT will also be removing rocks and debris that has loosened as a result of springtime melting.

Work on the project will take place Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wait times of up to 20 minutes could occur during scaling operations, and motorists are asked to plan for delays. CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone.

Yenter Companies is the contractor for this nearly $1 million project (contracted at $982,000) that is expected to be completed by August 2012.

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