US 40 Muddy Slide Repair Project Begins Monday

June 26, 2013 - UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Crews will construct retaining wall to stabilize hillside.

GRAND/JACKSON/ROUTT COUNTIES — Beginning Monday, July 1, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin work on US 40 Muddy Pass at mile post 156, just west of the State Highway 14 intersection. Work will pause briefly on Thursday, July 4 in honor of Independence Day.

“Work on the project will stabilize an active landslide area of the highway, which causes the existing surface to crack and slide downhill,” said Project Engineer Justin Kuhn. “By building a retaining wall to hold the hillside in place, we will create a much smoother roadway in the future, and will eliminate the constant need for maintenance work in the area.”

The retaining wall that will be built will be approximately 15 feet high and 500 feet long. It will be built on the east/downhill side of Muddy Pass. Crews will also resurface the highway, creating a smoother roadway, and will not impact the upcoming USA Pro Challenge in August.

During construction, crews will be working Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Motorists should expect some lane closures and traffic restrictions during construction, but delays will be kept to less than 15 minutes. Although crews will be working on the side of the highway at times, motorists are encouraged to give crews plenty of room to work, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone!

This $3.1 million project, contracted to Coggins & Sons, is scheduled for completion in mid-November 2013. Motorists are encouraged to contact the public information officer for further info about the project at either 970-819-5125 or [email protected].

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