Eagle County – The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a project to install medial cable rails and guardrails in August. Work will take place at two locations on I-70 just west of Edwards and east of Vail. RL Wadsworth was hired by CDOT for the project.
Crews will install a median cable rail between Mile 182 and Mile 183 and a median guardrail between MP 159 and 160. Motorists should be prepared for reduced speeds and left lane closures. The work should be completed by the end of October.
The addition of a new median barrier will improve traveler safety on a critical section of I-70. Crews will install a guardrail and cable barrier where there is currently none. The cable will act as a buffer to prevent the most dangerous types of motor vehicle accidents, including preventing a vehicle from crossing the median into the opposite traffic lane.
Night work hours are 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. There will be various lane closures and work on the shoulders.
The project team will stay in close contact with CDOT maintenance crews in the event I-70 is closed at Glenwood Canyon. This coordination will help the project team prepare for increased traffic during possible closures.
As always, construction schedules may be affected by weather conditions and other unforeseen delays. Please be sure to go to https://subscription.cotrip.org for current information.
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Know before you go
Travelers are urged to “inquire before you go”. Gather information on weather forecasts and anticipated impacts on travel and current road conditions before hitting the road. CDOT resources include:
Remember: slow for the cone area
The following tips are intended to help you stay safe when traveling through maintenance and construction work areas.
- Do not accelerate in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
- Stay alert! Expect the unexpected.
- Watch the workers. Drive with caution.
- Do not change lanes unnecessarily.
- Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving through work areas.
- Turn on the headlights so workers and other drivers can see you.
- Be especially vigilant at night when driving through work zones.
- Expect delays, especially during peak hours.
- Leave enough space between you and the car in front of you.
- Anticipate lane changes and merge when prompted.
- Be patient!
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