Construction Resumes on Cameron Pass Emergency Repairs Project

June 4, 2012 - PROJECT UPDATE - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Motorists will start seeing equipment on the roadway this week.

JACKSON COUNTY — Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, June 5, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will resume work on the Cameron Pass emergency repairs project on State Highway (SH) 14. Motorists will begin to see equipment mobilizing in the area in the next few days.

The project had been paused for winter since mid-January because warmer temperatures were required to lay permanent asphalt on the roadway. In January, temporary asphalt was laid so crews could remove the detour that had been in place and could open the highway to two lanes of traffic. Using temporary asphalt created safer driving conditions for motorists during the winter months, but now that the weather has warmed, crews will be able to lay the permanent pavement.

In addition to the upcoming paving work, additional stabilization safety improvements have been added to the scope of the project, including: embankment and hillside stabilization, guardrail installation, rockfall mitigation work, installation of rockfall mesh, pavement patching, and soil seeding. Motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes during rock scaling and other construction activities. At this time, work for the project is now scheduled to last through August 2012.

In the coming weeks, the speed limit for the pass will be reduced 25 MPH through the work zone. During work hours, which will typically be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., flaggers will be present to direct traffic. During non-work hours, the roadway will be open for all traffic and no traffic signal will be necessary. 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.

Work has been underway since August 2011 on the west side of Cameron Pass near the town of Gould. Emergency repairs became necessary when melting snowpack deteriorated a 600-foot stretch of hillside. To stabilize the slope, crews removed the existing soil and replaced it with dense Styrofoam blocks.

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

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