Projects

Edwards Spur Road

Project Facts

  • Cost:$21.3 million (64% CDOT – Faster Funds, 36% Edwards/Eagle Metro District)
  • Contractor: Kraemer North America LLC
  • Timeline: Feb. 2019 – June 2020
  • Location: Edwards Spur Road (south of Miller Ranch Road) including the intersection of US 6


Project Site

CDOT and Eagle County are making improvements to Edwards Spur Road, an approximate 0.6-mile-long stretch that connects I-70 to US 6 in the unicorporated town of Edwards. This improvement impacts two major thoroughfares—I-70, Eagle County's primary transportation corridor, and US 6, which carries large amounts of traffic that runs parallel to I-70 from Dotsero to Dowd Canyon.


Phases

Phase 1 of the project—completed in 2011—made improvements to the northern half of the Spur Road, including four new roundabouts and improved connections with the I-70 on- and off-ramps

Phase 2 of the project will include designing improvements for the southern half of the Edwards Spur Road, starting north of the roadway bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (where Phase 1 ended) and ending with the connection to US 6 to the south—a distance of approximately 0.4 miles. Crews will widen roads and bridges, and improve intersections and pedestrian mobility.


Schedule & Traffic Impacts

  • Work hours: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday - Friday, with some weekend and nighttime closures necessary for safety-critical work
  • Single-lane closures with alternating traffic, intermittent traffic stops, and flagging operations along Spur Road are possible.
  • Major construction to convert the intersection with US 6 into a roundabout will begin in June.
  • Crews will remove 28,000 cubic yards of soil from the hillside between Edwards Corner and the Edwards Commercial Park. This soil will be used as fill for the roundabout at Edwards Spur Road, after which time the property will be regraded. That parcel of land has no development plan.
    • Look for signs alerting motorists to haul trucks traveling between the sites (estimated to be about three per hour).
    • Eagle County will monitor for issues related to the excavation or haul traffic.
    • The property owner must revegetate all disturbed areas after soil removal is complete.

Edwards Spur Road Pedestrian Bridge Installation

On Wednesday, June 19, Edwards Spur Road project crews will install a new pedestrian bridge over the Eagle River, requiring extended traffic stops on Edwards Spur Road and a full closure of the Eagle River to users. During this time, businesses and residences will remain accessible but motorists may experience significant delays. To avoid delays, motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route during this operation.

  • 6-9 a.m.: Cranes mobilize to the construction site. Work will occur within the construction zone. Standard delays expected.
  • 9 a.m. - noon: Single-lane closure on Edwards Spur Road with alternating head-to-head (one-lane) traffic while bridge is moved into position on the new Eagle River bridge deck. Significant delays are expected. Motorists should allow for additional time to get through the area and are advised to take alternate routes if possible.
  • 2-4 p.m.: Crews will lift the pedestrian bridge into place. This will require short traffic stops along Edwards Spur Road, but is not anticipated to cause major traffic backups.

River traffic should avoid the location of the pedestrian bridge between 2-4 p.m. Please plan accordingly to avoid the area during the time.


Ongoing Work

US 6 Intersection

Crews have transitioned the intersection of Edwards Access Road and U.S. Highway 6 into a new alignment to begin the first half of the new roundabout construction.

Temporary traffic signals will direct motorists through the intersection during roundabout construction.

There are two lanes of travel in all directions - one dedicated left-turn lane and another lane for through- and right-turn traffic. Please use the correct lane as you approach the intersection.

The first half of roundabout construction will occur in June and July. Once complete, construction will move to the other side of the road for the second half of the roundabout construction. Both phases are expected to be complete by the end of August.

Pedestrian Detour

Pedestrian routes will also change during roundabout construction with detour signage directing them through the intersection.

ECO Transit

Roundabout construction will require temporary closures of the HWY 6 @ Edwards Spur Rd West and HWY 6 @ Riverwalk East ECO Transit bus stops. Bus users can use the nearby HWY 6 @ Riverwalk West and HWY 6 @ Edwards Spur Road East as alternate stops, respectively.

Due to congestion at the intersection and to keep buses on schedule, ECO Transit has suspended service to Freedom Park on the US Hwy 6 East & US Hwy 6 West bus routes. Transit users at Freedom Park can use the pedestrian path behind the Edwards Field House to access bus service at the Highway 6 and Bull Run Road West and East stops along US 6. ECO Transit bus routes will be monitored and adjusted as construction progresses. 

For more information, visit eaglecounty.us/transit.

Night Work

There will be night work on Tuesday, June 11 along the spur road near the Eagle River bridge and at the US 6 intersection.

Spur Road

Throughout the week, there is the possibility for single-lane closures, traffic holds and alternating traffic during the day.

On Wednesday, June 19, Edwards Spur Road project crews will install a new pedestrian bridge over the Eagle River, requiring extended traffic stops on Edwards Access Road and a full closure of the Eagle River. This work will occur from 2-4 p.m. During this time, businesses and residences will remain accessible, but motorists may experience significant delays. To avoid delays, motorists are encourage to use an alternate route during this operation.

River traffic should avoid the location of the pedestrian bridge between 2-4 p.m. Please plan accordingly to avoid the area during this time.

Union Pacific Railroad Bridge

No work has occurred on the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge yet due to continued delays in obtaining final approvals from the Railroad. The UPRR experienced significant layoffs last fall which have caused a delay in the negotiations for the final construction agreement. CDOT continues to work hard at obtaining final approvals, but it is now estimated that the railroad bridge work will carry over into 2020. When the final approval is obtained from the UPRR, the project team will announce the start and estimated duration of that work.

Water Main Improvements & Service Outages

In coordination with Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, one component of the project is replacing aging water mains to upgrade the public water distribution system. Connecting the new water mains to the system will require temporary water service outages to the nearby areas and will be completed in different sections. Eagle River Water & Sanitation District has been in touch with properties with planned service interruptions sharing information on how to prepare for temporary water outages. To view the memorandum, click here.

For more information about water service outages and water main improvements, call Eagle River Water & Sanitation District customer service at 970-477-5451.

Spur Road – Phase 1

The area highlighted in blue is where construction will take place over the next several months for road widening. This also shows the necessary single lane in each direction along the western half of the Edwards Access Road/Spur Road.


Contact Us

Project Hotline:
970-446-1001

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Public Relations Team:
Sam Stavish
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Additional Information

Phase 1 Information

To see more project background information, please visit the Eagle County website.


 

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