Major Resurfacing Underway on I-70 Between Fruita and Mack—All Traffic Switched to Eastbound Lanes

July 6, 2012 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - MESA COUNTY – All traffic is shifted onto the eastbound lanes of I-70 between Mack and Fruita to make way for major resurfacing of a 4.6-mile section of the interstate.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Interstate Highway Construction (IHC) are resurfacing the stretch from mile point (MP) 11.4 to MP 16.

“This section of highway is in need of a new surface treatment to repair deteriorating pavement, address pavement cracking and improve uneven surfaces,” CDOT Program Engineer Pete Mertes said.

The project, contracted to IHC $ 6.23 million, involves removing the top one to four inches of existing asphalt and then resurfacing with six inches of concrete—a treatment called “white topping.”

TRAVEL IMPACTS – While crews work on the westbound lanes, motorists will be traveling on the eastbound lanes, with a single lane in each direction. This configuration will remain in place 24/7 for the next two months or so, until crews are ready to begin resurfacing the eastbound lanes. Then, all traffic will be switched onto the new westbound surface until the project’s completion in early November.

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