I-70 Surface Improvements in Clear Creek County Require Lane Closures for Five Weeks

May 7, 2015 - Central/Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - One lane of travel open in each direction at all times.

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is set to resurface a 13-mile segment of eastbound I-70 in Clear Creek County, beginningSunday, May 10. This $6.5 million project will address roadway surface and bridge issues along the corridor and provide a smoother, safer ride for motorists. The construction zone extends from the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnels (EJMT) to just outside of Georgetown.

 “With the onset of warmer weather, we want to manage issues with deterioration of the pavement and bridges caused by tire chains, deicing chemicals and heavy vehicle use that occur during winter,” said Tony DeVito, CDOT Region 1 Transportation Director. “We experience lower traffic volumes on the corridor in May, which is why we must start this work now.”

Initially, crews will conduct bridge repairs on eastbound and westbound I-70 near the Loveland ski area (mile marker 216), which will require approximately 1,500-feet of 24-hour single lane closures in both directions on the bridges, from 9 p.m. on Sunday to noon on Friday for approximately five weeks. Crews will then progress to repair two bridges on eastbound I-70 near Silver Plume (mile marker 225), which will require overnight single lane closures. 

Nighttime paving operations will take place from June to August. Crews expect to remove and replace approximately two miles of asphalt pavement per night, weather permitting. Overnight lane closures will occur Sunday through Thursday, with minimal traffic impacts expected.  No work will take place on weekends.

Once paving and bridge work has been completed, crews will work on drainage issues, such as culvert and inlet repairs. The project is expected to be completed by the end of September. CDOT is coordinating efforts between other roadway construction projects occurring along this corridor to monitor and manage impacts to the traveling public.

For more information on this project, call the project hotline at (720) 386-1286 or email [email protected]. For more information on CDOT projects or road conditions statewide, log on to www.cotrip.org, download the CDOT Mobile app or call 511 from anywhere in the state.