Resurfacing project to begin on I-70 from Parachute to Rulison

Travel Advisory

April 11, 2022 - Northwestern Colorado - 20 minute delays anticipated

Garfield County — The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing work on April 18 along Interstate 70 from Parachute to Rulison. Elam Construction of Grand Junction is the contractor for this project. Motorists should plan for 20 minutes additional travel time when driving through the project.

Work will take place along I-70 for six miles from Mile Point 75.4, east of Parachute, to MP 81.6, just east of Rulison. Work will include a 2” hot mix asphalt overlay, installing new guardrail, leveling asphalt at select locations, replacement of bridge rail and striping. Crews will repave the on and off-ramps at exit 81 (Rulison) as part of the project.

The HMA will add approximately 10 years of life to the highway, provide a smoother road surface and will durability by increasing the resistance of ruts and road damage. This will allow for a smoother and safer drive for motorists.

Other benefits of the project include installation of new guardrail that will be 31 inches high, designed to meet new safety standard requirements. The higher railing will help veering vehicles remain on the road more effectively, making the highway safer for the traveling public. The former standard height of guardrail was 27 inches.

Traffic Impacts

Daytime work hours range from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Motorists should plan for single-lane closures, 20 minute delays, reduced speed limit and a 12 ft. width restriction. The project is expected to last until September.

Resurfacing project Parachute to Rulison project map

Project Information

For additional information about this project:

  • Call the project information line at 970-456-1361
  • Email the project team at: [email protected]
  • Visit the project website at:

Know Before You Go

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

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!

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