I-70 Eagle Construction to Shut Down For Winter

December 12, 2013 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - All Goals for First Construction Season Accomplished On Time

EAGLE – The I-70 Eagle interchange project team has achieved all of its milestones as this first construction season comes to an end. On Friday, December 20, the project to upgrade the Eagle interchange and portions of Eby Creek Road will be suspended for the winter, leaving motorists and the community with fully functional roundabouts on Eby Creek Road and the I-70 eastbound and westbound ramps prior to ski season.

According to Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) resident engineer Martha Miller, the joint effort between CDOT and the Town of Eagle will improve traffic safety and mobility at the interchanges, including the interstate on- and off-ramps, while helping to minimize congestion.

“Our goal was to have two fully functional roundabouts by Thanksgiving, and we accomplished that three weeks ahead of schedule,” Miller said. “This success can be attributed to the strong teamwork and collaboration between Flatiron Constructors, the Town of Eagle and our CDOT project crews.”

Other work that has been completed includes reconstruction of Eby Creek Road from Chambers Avenue to I-70 as well as a new storm drainage system, installation of underground utilities, permanent lighting and concrete paving.  Crews have also constructed the foundation for a bridge that will provide pedestrian access over I-70.

Following the December 20 shutdown, the public can expect little to no impact to traffic until late February 2014, weather permitting. Some minor construction activity will be ongoing through December 20, outside of traffic, as crews prepare the work zone for the two-month suspension.

When construction resumes in late February, crews will work to complete the pedestrian bridge over I-70, construct roundabouts at Chambers Avenue and Market Street, and complete reconstruction of Eby Creek Road, including installation of new underground utilities, from Chambers Avenue to US 6.

CDOT, the Town of Eagle and contractor Flatiron Constructors, Inc., have made a concerted effort to minimize construction impacts throughout.

“We’ve greatly appreciated the community’s patience throughout this first construction season,” Miller said.

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