Public-private partnership key to improving US 6 east and west of Edwards

October 10, 2013 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - EAGLE COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation will advertise a project to prospective contractors this February that will improve US 6 east and west of Edwards.

Pending a successful contract award, the much-anticipated project will begin in early spring and last through late fall 2014. The project has a $4.4 million budget, to be paid with state and local agency funds.

The improvements will extend from Squaw Creek Road (MP 163.1) to just east of Avon Road (MP 170.2). The scope of work includes the following:

  • Providing a 1.5-inch asphalt overlay to resurface the roadway and improve smoothness;
  • Adding four-foot (minimum) paved shoulders  in areas where a wall is not required  to improve safety for vehicles and bicyclists;
  • Paving some bus pull-outs;
  • Adding short taper lanes next to bus pull-outs for safer access and improved highway mobility;
  • Constructing a left-turn lane westbound on US 6 at Lake Creek Road;
  • Constructing a sidewalk at the eastbound US 6 Prater Road bus stop;
  • Improving curbs and gutters;
  • Replacing drainage pipes and constructing a sediment trap at Bull Run Road and drainage improvements at Lake Creek Road to eliminate roadway 'ponding' issues;
  • Making ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) upgrades at all major intersections.

“This work is a great example of a successful public-private partnership,” CDOT Resident Engineer Martha Miller said. “This highway sees an average of 11,000 vehicles a day, as well as plenty of cyclists and pedestrians. We are looking forward to completing this project, which will benefit all users in this multi-modal area of ours.”

Partnering on funding and in-kind services for this project are:  CDOT, Eagle County (including ECO Transit), Edwards Community Authority, Edwards Metro District, Beaver Creek Resort Company, Beaver Creek Metro District, Town of Avon, Bachelor Gulch Metro District and Bachelor Gulch Village Association.

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