The Colorado Department of Transportation has awarded contractor partner, Colorado-based Lawrence Construction, the I-70 Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project. Motorists traveling on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon should anticipate delays, as well as intermittent daytime and nighttime closures, due to repair work. This current phase of the emergency project is estimated at $6.1 million.
The canyon was impacted by several major materials slides, including mudslides earlier this summer on July 29 and 31. The debris did considerable damage to the interstate at Mile Point 123.5, known as Blue Gulch.
“We are encouraged to get this project kicked off and have a contractor that mobilized so quickly and is using a plethora of local help,” CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew said. “We understand how impactful the closures of the canyon are on the local economy. Gov. Polis has been clear that he wants everything completed before Thanksgiving, and we are optimistic we will have the interstate back open to four lanes at this location by the end of November.”
Crews have been actively setting up permanent traffic control barriers at the Blue Gulch location, where a majority of the repair work will start. The initial damage and clean up after the materials slides required an extended closure of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon to ensure the safety of the traveling public. The interstate is now open in the canyon, with the Blue Gulch section of roadway down to one lane each direction due to temporary and long term repairs.
At mile point 123.5, crews are excavating mudslide material surrounding the 7-foot by 7-foot concrete box culvert that runs beneath the interstate from Blue Gulch to the river. CDOT crews have uncovered the culvert inlet, which was severely damaged due to the mudslides. The contractor team now is working to determine how much debris is in the culvert and the extent of the damage and repairs that will need to be made.
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