Head-to-head traffic configuration starts next week on I-70 Glenwood Canyon project

July 2, 2015 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - EAGLE/GARFIELD COUNTIES-Beginning Wednesday, July 8 motorists will be routed into a head-to- head traffic configuration in the eastbound lanes of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon.

Traffic will be traveling in this configuration to support the safety of the crew and mitigate the impact to traffic flow during this phase of construction.  

PROJECT BACKGROUND: In April 2015, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) started Phase 6 of construction on I-70 in the Glenwood Canyon. The construction zone extends from mile marker (MM) 117.5 to 126.5 for a total of nine miles.

The goal of this project is to repair and improve more than 20 bridges along I-70. The repairs include bridge joints, removing existing asphalt surfaces and replacing with polyester concrete surfaces on bridge decks that will increase the lifespan of the highway surface, reducing the frequency of repairs. The new surface also functions as a waterproof barrier, preventing corrosion between the concrete and the bridge deck.

This complex project also includes the construction of a rock fall fence to mitigate the risk of sliding or falling rocks. Additionally, more than 3,000 linear feet of bridge rail will be replaced to enhance safety. Travelers can expect traffic impacts. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of October.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND IMPACTS: Motorists travelling through the canyon can expect:

  • Heavy delays of 30 minutes or longer during daylight work hours

  • 24-hour single lane closures

  • Reduced  and monitored speed limits, from 40 mph to 35 mph

  • A 12-foot width restriction through the project limits

  • A detour to the Bair Ranch rest area exit for travelers who need direct access to I-70 westbound.

  • Some of the old bridge rail on the eastbound lanes is currently being replaced. Individuals using the bike paths may meet trail flaggers who are there to keep them safe in the work areas.  

STAY INFORMED: Additional information is available by calling the project hotline at (970) 930-8009 or emailing [email protected]. Information about weekly lane closures will be available at www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html.