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CDOT completes Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Parking Improvement project on Interstate 70 near Glenwood Springs

GARFIELD COUNTY- The Colorado Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the completion of the Interstate 70 Commercial Motor Vehicle Parking Improvement project. The project started approximately five months ago in mid-April. Lawson Construction Company was the contractor selected for the $3.3 million project.

As part of CDOT’s Whole System — Whole Safety initiative, this project focused on safety enhancements to Tibbet’s Point on I-70 near Glenwood Springs and the truck parking at mile point 115 to provide clearly defined locations for CMV parking, which is both a local and national issue, especially along the I-70 mountain corridor. When other parts of I-70 are impassible or closed, due to either accidents, rockfalls, avalanches, or other emergencies that arise, the expansion will provide parking off the interstate and will help reduce truck traffic in city limits, on local streets or in areas that are difficult to maneuver. This will allow for CDOT, Colorado State Patrol, and local law enforcement to reduce congestion and backups during incidents in the city of Glenwood Springs and along I-70.

This project also included the removal of the existing pavement; expansion of the parking area; embankment work; regrading; concrete pavement placement; installation of curb, gutter, and guardrail; stationing signage; striping; and restroom upgrades. The improvements will provide over 60 designated truck parking spaces on I-70 between MP 107 and 115 for normal use.

The rest area at Tibbet’s Point has designated parking areas for both private and commercial boaters in addition to an overall increase in the available space for recreational users. Improvements to the boat ramp include a concrete ramp to the ordinary high water mark with increased width and flatter approach to the Colorado River. Restrooms are available for both recreational users and CMV operators.  

REMEMBER: SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

●     Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.

●     Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.

●     Watch for workers. Drive with caution.

●     Don't change lanes unnecessarily.

●     Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.

●     Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.

●     Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.

●     Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

●     Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.

●     Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.

●     Be patient!

 

WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY. 

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.

ABOUT CDOT

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located 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. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.  

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