Highway 40 resurfacing project set to begin

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Colorado Department of Transportation announced it will begin resurfacing a section of U.S. Highway 40 on Thursday.

Project will be adjacent to rockfall mitigation project currently taking place in Mount Harris Canyon.

Motorists can expect to see crews working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in both construction zones Monday through Fridays.

Wait times of up to 20 minutes could occur during construction and motorists are asked to plan for delays.

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a highway resurfacing project Thursday on U.S. Highway 40 near Hayden between mile markers 108 and 114, the department announced in a news release.

The project will slightly overlap the existing Highway 40 rockfall mitigation project that runs from MM 113 through MM 120 in Mount Harris Canyon, according to the release.

To create a much-needed smoother surface on the interstate, the agency announced crews will strip the existing roadway, recycle the asphalt and use the existing materials to resurface the highway. Guardrails will also be repaired throughout the length of the project, the release stated.

Work is expected to last until August, according to the release.

Currently, crews on the rockfall mitigation project are setting up wire mesh to catch any rocks or materials that may become loose in the future. Crews have already removed loose debris and have installed poles to hold up the wire mesh, the release stated.

Since the resurfacing and rockfall mitigation projects are directly adjacent to each other and also directly impact one another, CDOT will be providing updates for both projects together at www.coloradodot.info/projects/MtHarrisCanyon, according to the release.

During both resurfacing construction and ongoing rockfall mitigation operations, motorists can expect to see crews working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in both construction zones Mondays through Fridays. There will be some work on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the resurfacing project that will be contingent on when materials arrive and how much traffic flows through the work zones during the week, the release stated.

Pilot cars will guide alternating lanes of traffic through the work zone. Wait times of up to 20 minutes could occur during construction hours, and motorists are asked to plan for delays.

CDOT reminds motorists to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone, according to the release.

Elam Construction and Paveover Inc. are the contractors for the $3.7 million resurfacing project, and Yenter Companies is the contractor for the nearly $1 million rockfall mitigation project that is expected to be completed by August, the release stated.

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