Reminder to Cyclists: Vail Pass Bike Path Closed Mondays through Thursdays for Construction

September 18, 2012 - CONSTRUCTION PROJECT UPDATE - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Work on the project progressing well.

EAGLE/SUMMIT COUNTIES — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) continues work on the resurfacing of the Vail Pass recreation path from Bighorn Road in east Vail to the top of Vail Pass. Work on the path is expected to finish in early October of this year.

CDOT reminds cyclists that the path is completely closed during the work week, which takes place Mondays through Thursdays each week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The path reopens Fridays through Sundays.  Work may occur on the path on Fridays, with traffic control in place to route cyclists through work zones if necessary.  There will be intermittent lane closures on eastbound and westbound I-70 when crews are working close to the interstate. Motorists are reminded to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone.

As part of the work, crews will replace damaged culverts throughout the path to help improve drainage, and will pave, shoulder, and stripe the path to create a smoother surface for cyclists. Additionally, permanent mileage marker and improved safety signage will be installed throughout the project, which will aid local emergency personnel who are frequently called to the path after cycling accidents. The path was originally built by in the 1970s and is popular with local residents and tourists for cycling and walking through the summer and fall months.

Columbine Hills Concrete, Inc. is the contractor for the $875,000 project.

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