CDOT to Improve SH 82 in Two Sections, Gerbazdale East

June 15, 2012 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Delays and some weekend work, June 18 through mid-October.

PITKIN / EAGLE COUNTY - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor Elam Construction of Grand Junction will begin a resurfacing project on SH 82 on Monday, June 18. This project resurfaces two sections of SH 82 and makes the following improvements:

Section 1 Milepoint (MP) 20.8 to MP 23 (Willits Lane up-valley to Basalt Ave.):  the area will receive a two-inch asphalt overlay, curb ramp upgrades, guardrail upgrades and drainage improvements that will extend to MP 26.3—further east.

Section 2 MP 30.5 to 37.6 (Gerbazdale up-valley to Baltic Ave., which is east of the intersection of the Aspen Airport Business Center):  this section will first be milled to remove damaged asphalt (this will begin after July 9), followed by one inch of asphalt to “level” the surface and finally two inches of new asphalt; an epoxy overlay on down-valley bridges at Shale Bluffs (MP 36 and 35.3) to add weathering protection; signal upgrades at Baltic Ave.; curb ramp upgrades; guardrail upgrades; and drainage work. Crews will also make asphalt repairs to rough areas at bridge joints on six bridges in Snowmass Canyon.

The work was contracted to Elam $5.8 million. It is anticipated the project will be completed by mid-October 2012.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: There will be no impacts to up-valley traffic from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and none for down-valley traffic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. To minimize commuter travel impacts, there will be some weekend work for the following activities: paving 500 feet from Baltic Ave. and Brush Creek Road, Baltic Ave signal work, and epoxy on two bridges. Delays will vary, depending upon traffic volumes, but are anticipated to be up to 20 minutes. Motorists’ patience and safe driving is greatly appreciated. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!

For project comments or questions, the public may call the project hotline at 970-948-8875 or write to [email protected]. Updated information regarding traffic impacts on this or other CDOT projects is available at or by calling 511. To receive project updates via wireless device or e-mail, visit and click on the green cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.