I-70 concrete slab replacement project underway in Garfield County

Travel Advisory

April 17, 2023 - Northwestern Colorado - Motorists may encounter slow traffic, depending on day and traffic volumes

Garfield County — The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Myers & Sons have begun a concrete slab replacement project on Interstate 70. The project is located from Mile Points 85.5 to 98, between West Rifle and Silt. The work will replace approximately 13,000 square yards of deteriorating and damaged concrete slabs along the 12 and a half mile section of interstate. Traffic impacts on I-70 will consist of single lane closures of up to one mile in length. Work zones will be stretched out along the project limits, with four miles between the zones. There will be no more than two zones at a time, over the length of the project, in order to minimize traffic impacts.

Additional project work will include approximately 100,000 square yards of grinding and texturing concrete pavement for smoothness improvements, rumble strips, guardrail upgrades and bridge deck overlays with polyester concrete. Once completed, the improved interstate surface will provide a safer and smoother driving environment. Work on this project is anticipated to be complete by the end of September 2023.

The project team will stay in close contact with CDOT maintenance crews in the event of Interstate 70 closures in Glenwood Canyon. This coordination will help the project team prepare for detour traffic during I-70 closures.

Traffic Impacts

Motorists should expect potential traffic slow downs and back ups at the different work zone locations depending on the time of day and traffic volumes. Work is scheduled Monday-Friday from daylight to dark. Some night work is anticipated to perform saw cutting operations.

Project Information

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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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