US 40 Resurfacing in Hayden to begin Monday

June 18, 2012 - CONSTRUCTION PROJECT UPDATE - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Project slightly overlaps existing rockfall mitigation project.

ROUTT COUNTY — Beginning Thursday, June 21, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin a highway resurfacing project on US 40 near Hayden between mile marker (MM) 108 and MM 114. The project is directly adjacent to, and slightly overlaps, the existing US 40/Mount Harris Canyon rockfall mitigation project that begins at MM 113 and goes through MM 120 through Mount Harris Canyon.

In order to create a much-needed smoother surface on the interstate, crews will strip the existing roadway, recycle the asphalt, and use the existing materials to resurface the highway. Guardrails will also be repaired throughout the length of the project. Work is expected to last until August 2012.

Crews are making excellent progress on the rockfall mitigation project. Currently, crews are setting up the wire mesh to catch any rocks or materials that may become loose in the future. Crews have already removed loose debris and have installed poles to hold up the wire mesh.

Since the resurfacing and rockfall mitigation projects are directly adjacent to each other and also directly impact one another, CDOT will be providing updates for both projects together at

During both resurfacing construction and ongoing rockfall mitigation operations, motorists can expect to see crews working between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in both construction zones Mondays through Fridays. There will be some work on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the resurfacing project that will be contingent on when materials arrive and how much traffic flows through the work zones during the week. Pilot cars will guide alternating lanes of traffic through the work zone. Wait times of up to 20 minutes could occur during construction hours, 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.

Elam Construction and Paveover Inc. are the contractors for the $3.7 million resurfacing project, and Yenter Companies is the contractor for the nearly $1 million rockfall mitigation project (contracted at $982,000) that is expected to be completed by August 2012.

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