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CO 340 resurfacing project begins next week

September 1, 2016 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Project limits begin in the Redlands and move west to the Colorado National Monument

MESA COUNTY/GRAND JUNCTION- On Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will break ground on a resurfacing project located on Colorado Highway (CO) 340 in Mesa County. The project runs through the Redlands area, an unincorporated community between Fruita and Grand Junction, and it borders the northeastern side of Colorado National Monument Park (CNM).

The project is divided into three separate work zones spread across six miles of the highway, with each work zone having a different primary focus. Zone 1) ADA ramps and resurfacing, Zone 2) guardrail, shoulder widening, and resurfacing and Zone 3) shoulder widening and resurfacing.

Oldcastle SW Group Inc. dba United Companies of Grand Junction is the contractor for this $1.4 million project, which is expected to take two months to complete. Anticipated working hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In years past, CDOT has been working on maintaining the highway structure of CO 340 as well as making safety improvements that include paved shoulders. The project will also include concrete curb upgrades that will meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Fresh pavement markings as well as fencing and guardrail upgrades will also take place along the three stretches of the highway.

“Improving the safety of this road for all of the people traveling on it, whether they are in cars, walking, or on bikes, it is our highest priority when considering roadway improvements” says CDOT Project Engineer Trevor Woolley. “The improvements made through this project will enhance the safety and overall experience on this highway for people traveling to the Colorado National Monument and for those residents of Redlands who use it every day.”

Motorists can expect delays of 10-15 minutes through the project during daytime work hours. At least one lane of traffic will remain open on CO 340 at all times throughout the duration of the project. At times, traffic control will be conducted via the use of a pilot car, which will safely guide motorists through the work zone. The pilot car will be used only when the work demands it. Please use caution and stay alert while traveling through the construction zone. Follow flaggers’ directions and reduced posted speed limits.

For more information please contact the public information team via email at  [email protected]com or by phone at 970-852-0852. Live road conditions are available at www.cotrip.org or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coloradodot.

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