I-70B Concrete Reconstruction Update

August 19, 2012 - PROJECT UPDATE - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - 25 Road intersection to open by Thursday morning.

GRAND JUNCTION – On April 9, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Interstate Highway Construction, Inc. (IHC)  started the I-70B concrete reconstruction project to improve the highway (also referred to as US 6 & 50) between 24 ¾ Road through the 25 Road intersection. The safety-improvement project involves concrete reconstruction, widening from four to six lanes for added turn lanes, a new storm sewer system; an updated signal system; utility relocation, curb, gutter, sidewalk and landscaping.  This project is paid for in part by Colorado FASTER.*

NEW!!  PROJECT UDPATES & IMPACTS: Through movements on 25 Road/Riverside Parkway and all turn movements at the intersection will remain closed through Thursday morning. Work will continue on the north and south sides of the intersection. Expect to see curb and gutter paving, asphalt paving and traffic signal work. Crews are scheduled to install the intersection pavement markings on Wednesday night and open the intersection by Thursday morning. The 25 Road intersection will require additional brief lane closures for future signal pole work and final striping, but there will be no more full closures.

PROJECT SCHEDULE & PHASING: The project, which is expected to be completed in late October 2012, is being phased to provide two lanes of traffic in both directions continuously through the construction zone. During the first phase crews reconstructed the middle mainline I-70B lanes. Currently, during second phase, traffic will be shifted back onto the new driving surface on mainline

I-70B, while portions of the outside lanes and frontage roads are replaced.

Here is what motorists can expect throughout the project:

  • Two lanes of traffic in each direction on I-70 B will be maintained continuously;
  • Short traffic stops (though kept to a minimum);
  • Impacts to turning movements at 25 Road during intersection work;
  • Width restrictions of 11 feet;
  • Reduced speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph;
  • Some altered—but not closed—accesses;
  • Restricted left turns (left turns can be made at signalized intersections only);
  • Restricted frontage road and “cut-through” turnoffs.

CDOT and IHC greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation while going through the work zone. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone. Note that access to all businesses will remain open, but may be temporarily altered at times.

Those with questions or concerns about the project, or who want to receive updates on the project may contact Matt Randall, Project Public Information Manager, at (970) 773-4537 or e-mail I70Binfo@ihcquality.com.

Updated information regarding traffic impacts on this or other CDOT projects is available at www.dot.state.co.us/TravelInfo/currentcond/ or by calling 511. To receive project updates via e-mail, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner. The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including Northwest Colorado.

*Monies collected under the FASTER (Funding Advancements for Surface Treatment and Economic Recovery) Safety Fund are to be used for construction, reconstruction, or maintenance projects that the Transportation Commission, a county or municipality determine are needed to enhance the safety of a state highway, county road, or city street. FASTER was established by the Colorado General assembly via Senate Bill 09-108 to fund the repair of Colorado’s structurally deficient bridges and make safety improvements to Colorado’s key corridors.