I-70 Avon to Vail begins resurfacing project next week

April 11, 2019 - Northwestern Colorado - Night operations to begin Sunday evening

EAGLE COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation, in cooperation with United Companies, begins a roadway resurfacing project on I-70 between Avon and West Vail (mile point 167-173.5). Night construction is scheduled to begin the evening of Sunday, April 14 and continue through October 2019.

This is a maintenance resurfacing project that will improve the existing surface of the roadway and will include improved surface friction, which can lead to reduced crashes. Additionally, the project will replace all the existing guardrail in the project limits and bring them up to the current standards of crash ratings for guardrail.

The eastbound acceleration lane at Dowd Junction near mile point 171 will be lengthened to provide additional sight distance and merging distance for vehicles using the on ramp.  Minor maintenance repairs will also be conducted on the bridge structures in these project limits in association with the resurfacing work.  Drainage improvements will also be completed in Dowd Junction to reduce ponding of water on the roadway during storm events.

Total project cost is $13.2 M.


  • General working hours will be from 6:00 p.m.to 6:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.

  • No work will be performed Friday and Saturday nights, with the exception of emergency situations.

  • Motorists can expect a single lane closure, both EB and WB I-70 during work hours, with speeds reduced to 40 mph for safety.

  • Temporary slowdowns may be encountered during milling and paving operations to let trucks in and out of the work zone. At the end of each shift, the road will be re-opened to two lanes in each direction. All lane closures and warnings will be posted in advance.


For additional information about this project, call the project information line at 970-661-3883, email the team at [email protected], or visit the project website and sign up for updates at https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-70-improvements-between-avon-and-vail.

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and airports, and administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.