Resurfacing project to begin on I-70 east of DeBeque

Travel Advisory

April 24, 2023 - Northwestern Colorado - 10-minute delays anticipated

Mesa & Garfield Counties — The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing work on May 2, 2023, along Interstate 70 east of DeBeque for three miles. United Companies of Grand Junction is the contractor for the project.

"This project will create a smoother, safer ride for residents and commuters on this busy section of I-70 that is critical for the Western Slope,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “CDOT is committed to improvements along the entire I-70 corridor. These surface and safety improvements are part of that effort and build on efforts last year across the corridor, including in nearby stretches close to Rifle.

Construction will take place on I-70 east of DeBeque from Mile Point 65 to MP 68. Work will include the placement of a two-inch hot mix asphalt overlay, striping, rumble strip installation, guardrail replacement, three culvert treatments, replacing bridge rail and performing minor bridge repair. The HMA will add approximately 10 years of life to the interstate, provide a smoother road surface and will add durability by increasing the resistance of ruts and road damage. This will allow for a smoother and safer drive for motorists. 

“Like many parts of the state, the western portion of the I-70 corridor is an important part of the rural, local economies in Mesa and Garfield counties,” said Region 3 Transportation Director Jason Smith. “It’s important for such a key roadway to make business as easy as possible.”

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.

I-70 east of Debeque in Garfield and Mesa CountiesI-70 east of Debeque in Garfield and Mesa Counties

Motorists should anticipate other construction projects nearby on I-70 and Colorado Highway 13. Travelers can view see real-time traffic impacts and road conditions at

Traffic Impacts

Motorists should plan for east and westbound single lane closures, and 10-minute delays, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a 24/7 12-foot width restriction. The project is anticipated to last through August 2023.

Project Information

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  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
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  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
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  • Be patient!

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