I-70 Sign Removal Continues; Transformer Delivery in Idaho Springs

April 13, 2012 - I-70 Update - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - CLEAR CREEK COUNTY – Work continues along Interstate 70 in the Dumont/Lawson area to dismantle a structure supporting the overhead electronic variable message sign just east of U.S. 40 – Empire Junction.

The left lane remains closed just west of Downieville.  Some traffic slowing has occurred but delays have been minimal.  Later this afternoon, westbound I-70 will be closed at the Downieville exit for up to 30 minutes, allowing removal of the sign and structure.  It is not known what time the closure will occur but it is expected within an hour or two.

All lanes of westbound I-70 are expected to reopen by late this afternoon.

CDOT needs to remove the sign today since a stress crack has developed in the base of the supporting structure.  With a forecast of wet weather and windy conditions this weekend, traveler safety requires the entire structure to be removed promptly.

In addition, hauling operations are complete along westbound I-70 from Genesee to Idaho Springs.  A 420,000 pound electrical transformer is being moved for Xcel Energy.  Currently, the hauling vehicle is moving no more than 20 mph on westbound Colorado Boulevard through Idaho Springs.  The hauling vehicle is expected to reach its destination, at the west end of town, by 3 p.m.