Projects

I-70 Vail Pass Wall Repairs

Work this Week
September 29 – October 5

This week, the following lane closures will take place:

Monday:
Eastbound Left Lane between Mile Markers 185 to 186 from 5 p.m. – 10 a.m.
Westbound Right Lane between Mile Markers 181 to 182 from 4 p.m. – 10 a.m.

Tuesday – Friday:
Eastbound Left Lane between Mile Markers 185 to 186 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Westbound Right Lane between Mile Markers 181 to 182 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday:
Eastbound Left Lane between Mile Markers 185 to 186 from 7 p.m. – 10 a.m.
Westbound Right Lane between Mile Markers 181 to 182 from 6 p.m. – 10 a.m.

Project Facts

  • Cost: $2.1 Million
  • Contractor: GSI
  • Timeline: May 2019 to Fall 2019
  • Locations: I70 Vail Pass, and US 24, south of interchange

For this project, crews will be repairing eight different sections of soil-retaining walls and drainage on I-70 at two locations:

  • at the US Highway 24 interchange, west of Vail; and
  • from east of the Big Horn Road interchange to west of the Shrine Pass interchange.
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Scalloped wall to be repaired on I-70

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View of rotated vertical support, looking northwest

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Click to view the full work zone.

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Heavy freeze-thaw damage on vertical copings from the west end of the wall


Schedule & Travel Impacts

  • Work hours:
    • 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday - Thursday
    • 7 a.m. - noon on Friday
    • 8 p.m. - 5 a.m., Sunday - Thursday, for trail work
    • 6 p.m. - 11 a.m., Sunday - Thursday, on eastbound I-70
  • Expect single-lane closures along I-70, with minor delays.
  • The bike and pedestrian trail near mile point 186 will be closed overnight, four nights a week, for two weeks. The trail will reopen each morning for full use by bicyclist and pedestrians.

Background & Benefits

Most of the walls being repaired during this project were built over 40 years ago, and some sections are showing physical signs of natural wear and tear. This work is crucial as these structures hold the foundation of interstate in place. Work will prevent erosion and extend each wall's usable lifespan.

Project Facts

  • Goal: Make this stretch of I-70 safer and enhance each wall's structural integrity.
  • Cost: $2.1 million
  • Contractor: GeoStabilization International, LLC
  • Timeline: May - August 2019
  • Location: I-70 at US 24, west of Vail, and from east of the Big Horn Road interchange to west of the Shrine Pass interchange


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