Road work on U.S. 40 to begin


The Colorado Department of Transportation today will begin resurfacing U.S. Highway 40 from the east end of Craig to the west side of the Yampa River Bridge.

Crews will begin replacing guardrail end sections and adjusting some of the existing guardrails on the east end of Craig.

Debbie McLain, the project engineer, said the guardrail work should be completed by June 28, and people can expect only minor delays.

Resurfacing of the highway will begin July 6 with heater scarification. Heater scarification is a process where an inch of the existing asphalt is milled, mixed with new asphalt and laid down.

The heater scarification process will require one-way traffic take place during the workday. McLain said the workers will be working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week but said some weekend work is possible.

The scarification process is scheduled to be finished on July 19.

Chip-and-seal work is scheduled to begin July 28 and will take approximately four to five days.

During this work, one-way traffic will again be necessary and pilot cars will be used to guide traffic through the construction. A pilot car is used to protect the traveling public and the construction crews.

Reduced speed limits will be in effect 24 hours a day until the final coat is placed. The Colorado State Patrol will be enforcing the reduced speed limits as posted to help prevent cracked windshields.

McLain said travelers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes due to the work.

The final sealant coat is expected to be completed by Aug. 5, and final striping of the project is scheduled for Aug. 11 and 12.

The anticipated project completion date is Aug. 15.

For information and updates on the project, travelers can call the project hotline at 824-5336.

To contact Luke Graham, call 824-7031 or e-mail

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