I-70 Vail East to West Resurfacing Project

News Release

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EAGLE COUNTY - Starting Monday, April 27, 2020, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contract partner Elam Construction will begin a resurfacing project on I-70 from mile point (MP) 172 to MP 187 by Vail, Colo. The project has an anticipated completion date of Oct. 2020.

As part of CDOT’s Whole System - Whole Safety initiative, this project will focus on a hot mix asphalt (HMA) overlay, maintenance repairs to several bridge-decks, and installing guardrail that meet the new safety standard requirements. The HMA will add approximately 10 years of life to the highway, a smoother road surface and will eliminate ruts and road damage. Crews will focus on repairing bridge joints and weak spots to the bridge-decks to strengthen and increase the durability of the infrastructure while the new guardrail will be 31” high instead of 27” high, to help vehicles remain on the road. These improvements will make the highway safer for the traveling public.      

Additional work will include: rumble strip installation, striping, drainage improvements, sign installation and erosion control.    


Motorists can expect east and westbound single lane closures, 10-15 minute delays and minor detours on the bike path. The project will be in operation Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.   

I-70 Vail East to West Resurfacing Project map


Those seeking more information about this project, or with questions or comments, can reach the project team at: 


Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, construction continues on CDOT projects with social distancing and other measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. Gov. Polis issued an emergency, temporary stay-at-home order for all of Colorado, which went into effect Thursday, March 26. With this order, the public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO and avoid all nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the roads, CDOT crews will be able to work more efficiently and safely.


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.


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.