US 40 Rockfall Mitigation Project Complete

August 1, 2012 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has finished its rockfall prevention project in Mount Harris Canyon between Steamboat Springs and Craig near the town of Hayden.

Located along US 40 between mile marker (MM) 113 and MM 120, the project included a variety of safety improvements to the existing rock face.

As part of the project, crews removed 480 cubic yards of loose rocks and debris from the existing rock cuts and slopes (called scaling), installed a rockfall fence above the roadway, and installed 212,660 square feet of wire mesh to redirect rocks and debris into the nearby ditch instead of allowing them to fall onto the highway. The project, which finished on budget, ran a few days late when mesh that was ordered was out of stock temporarily. Yenter Companies was the contractor for the nearly $1 million rockfall mitigation project (contracted at $982,000).

In mid-June, CDOT began a highway resurfacing project on US 40 near Hayden between mile marker (MM) 108 and MM 114 that slightly overlapped the rockfall project. The resurfacing project will continue until mid-September and will create a much-needed smoother surface on the highway. Crews will also be repairing guardrail throughout the length of the project.

Motorists can continue to expect to see crews working between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 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.