Xcel Energy Begins Relocation Work Near Twin Tunnels Area

March 29, 2012 - Central/Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Utility work, road closure needed for CDOT improvement project.

At the request of state transportation officials, Xcel Energy is working to relocate electric facilities on the Interstate 70 frontage road at the east end of Idaho Springs.  The work – in advance of a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) improvement project – requires the frontage road to be closed to all vehicular traffic.

The project began on March 19 and Xcel Energy will continue to move its facilities through June 2012.  The frontage road improvement project – designed to enhance safety and mobility in the area for all types of use – will continue through Nov. 1, 2012.

The utility and construction work will result in the closure of the frontage road – also known as the old U.S. Highway 40 and County Road 314 – from Exit 241 at Idaho Springs to Exit 243 at the Hidden Valley/Central City Interchange. Electronic signs have been placed and will notify all vehicular traffic of the road closure and alternate routes.

While work progresses, the frontage road will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians. However, if necessary, delays up to 10 minutes are possible on weekdays during daylight hours to provide safe travel through the area.  In addition, the frontage road will continue to be accessible to emergency vehicles through the work zone.  Local residents and businesses also are able to access areas east and west of the construction area.   Electronic informational signs on I-70 will be providing directions to local rafting companies and businesses off Exit 241.

For further information, customers may contact Xcel Energy at (303) 425-3944.

Weekly lane closure information about this and other projects will be available at www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html  or by calling 511.  To receive project updates via e-mail, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.  The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including I-70 West, Denver to Glenwood Springs.