I-70 East of Burlington to Return to Two Lanes in Each Direction by Thanksgiving

BURLINGTON–Interstate 70 between Burlington and the Kansas border will soon return to four lanes. Only one lane in each direction has been open since March 2016.

Crews are currently removing temporary barrier wall within the eight-mile work zone. Motorists should expect lane closures to continue for a few weeks while finishing work is performed.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor partner ABCO Contracting Company Inc., are nearly complete repairing eight structures between mile points (MP) 441 and 449. Project completion is anticipated in late November 2016. All work is weather-dependent, and the schedule is subject to change.

Slope repairs are the last major work element of a bridge rehabilitation project on I-70 east of Burlington. Crews have begun slope and ditch pavement repairs under I-70 at County Roads 53, 55, 57 and 59.

Starting on the west at County Road 53 and working east, each county road will be subject to intermittent lane closures or full-closure under I-70 during work hours (7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) for concrete work. Up to three days of full or partial closures are anticipated at each location. Adjacent roads will not be closed at the same time.

Signs will indicate road closures well in advance of each bridge location so that alternate routes may be taken. Motorists may also experience alternating single-lane traffic conditions with flagger control on county roads. When flaggers are present, only minimal delays are expected.

A width restriction of 12 feet is in place on I-70. Vehicles with wide loads must use an alternate route. There are no exits or places to turn around within the work zone (MP 441 - 449).

Rehabilitation work involved replacing concrete approach slabs and performing deck repairs. These bridges were built in 1969, and the last major work on these structures took place more than 20 years ago. The approximate cost of the project is $3.5 million.