Traffic Swith onto New Westbound Surface on I-70 Resurfacing Project Between Fruita and Mack

August 19, 2012 - PROJECT UPDATE - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - MESA COUNTY – Starting tomorrow, August 20, midday, a single westbound lane of traffic will be switched back onto the I-70 westbound, where the new concrete is now complete.

On Tuesday, August 21, midday, a single lane of eastbound traffic will be switched over to the westbound side of I-70 as well, resulting in head-to-head, single lane of traffic in each direction on the new westbound lanes. Once all traffic is switched, crews can begin resurfacing eastbound I-70 driving lanes in concrete.

In addition, the eastbound I-70 on-ramp in Loma will be closed while crews work on the eastbound travel lanes. Motorists wanting to enter I-70 at Loma will be detoured onto US 6 & 50 to use the I-70 eastbound on-ramp at Fruita.

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

GENERAL TRAVEL IMPACTS – While crews work on the eastbound lanes, motorists will remain traveling on the westbound lanes, with a single lane in each direction. This configuration, as well as the described detour for the eastbound on-ramp at Loma, will remain in place 24/7 until the project’s completion in early November.

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