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Overnight I-70 Lane Reductions Rescheduled for Progress on SH 103 Bridge

January 7, 2014 - Metro Denver Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Closures to occur Jan. 10-14 timed with traffic patterns

Clear Creek County – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Mountain Corridor Constructors have rescheduled abutment work and girder setting on the new bridge over I-70 at Exit 240 in Idaho Springs, which will now occur Saturday, Jan. 10, through Wednesday, Jan. 14. This work will require reducing I-70 at Exit 240 to one lane in each direction and redirecting traffic by using the on and off ramps. The specific schedule is:

  • Saturday, Jan. 10: Traffic control to begin setting up at 8:00 p.m., I-70 reduced to a one lane detour from9:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 11: Traffic control to begin setting up at 8:00 p.m., I-70 reduced to a one lane detour from9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 12: Traffic control to begin setting up at 6:00 p.m., I-70 reduced to a one lane detour from7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 13: Traffic control to begin setting up at 6:00 p.m., I-70 reduced to a one lane detour from7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14: Traffic control to begin setting up at 6:00 p.m., I-70 reduced to a one lane detour from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

This work will include the placement of precast girders that are currently at an off-site construction yard in Metro Denver. These will be brought in on large trucks and lifted into place.

“We are doing everything we can to complete this critical work this weekend, prior to historically heavy travel times on the weekend prior to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,” said CDOT Region 1 Transportation Director, Tony DeVito. “Our goal is to open the bridge to traffic the week of January 26. In the meantime, motorists can use Exit 240 when traveling westbound or Exit 239 when traveling eastbound on I-70 to access historic downtown Idaho Springs.”

The SH 103 Bridge is part of the larger Peak Period Shoulder Lane project and once completed in the fall of 2015, the PPSL will provide increased mobility byimplementing eastbound operational improvements between Empire Junction and Idaho Springs to relieve traffic congestion during periods when traffic volumes are highest. This $72 million dollar investment is expected to save motorists an average of 30 minutes in travel time. The project is part of CDOT’s comprehensive plan to improve travel in the I-70 Mountain Corridor. 

PROJECT INFORMATION LINE:  For additional information about this project or to leave a message, call the project information line at 303-223-6581 or visitwww.i70ppsl.com.  To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit www.codot.gov and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. 

For information regarding CDOT projects statewide, log on to www.cotrip.org, download the CDOT Mobile app or call 511 from anywhere in the state. To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Information about weekly lane closures will be available at www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html.

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