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Highway 13 resurfacing continues north of Craig

Patrick Kelly

Resurfacing continues on Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig as a work crew pours concrete on Friday.

Repaving on Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig is rolling right along.

"It's pretty close to on schedule — about as close as I've seen a project," said Clint Moyer, Colorado Department of Transportation resident engineer.

While CDOT lays concrete for resurfacing, the two-lane highway has been reduced to one alternating lane with a pilot car leading motorists through the construction area.

Thirty-minute delays can be expected for travelers heading north or south on Highway 13.

Moyer said CDOT had the option of choosing concrete because the projected cost of maintenance over 40 years was comparable to maintenance over the same period of time on an asphalt road.

"On this particular project they came within 10 percent of each other," he said.

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CDOT accepted bids for both asphalt and concrete resurfacing contractors and concrete came back as the low bid, which is why it was picked, Moyer said.

"Asphalt has a lower upfront cost but a higher maintenance cost," Moyer said, explaining one of concrete's advantages.

On the flip side, a concrete resurfacing project has a higher impact on motorists.

"Traffic control is much more expensive and harder on the traffic," Moyer said.

The design phase of the $7.5 million project, which was funded largely by the federal government, began in 2015 and construction started at the beginning of July.

Moyer said the highway should be back to two lanes with intermittent lane closures by Labor Day weekend and totally complete by Oct. 14.

With the lengthy delay, some drivers have taken to the county roads to avoid waiting in line for 30 minutes.

Moffat County Road and Bridge Department Manager Linda DeRose said the county has been paying extra attention to county roads 3, 103 and 18 South.

"We've had to do a little bit more work on them than we normally would this time of year," she said.

The county has been doing additional grading and spraying extra mag water on the affected routes, DeRose said.

If Highway 13 is still down to one lane when school starts, school buses will be given preferential treatment to ensure the kids get to class on time, said Heather Higgins, administrative assistant to Moffat County School District Superintendent David Ulrich.

"Our buses will be given priority," she said.

As CDOT continues to resurface, Moyer said anyone stuck waiting to get through the construction area needs to remain in his or her vehicle.

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