Road improvement roundup: Area projects wrap-up, traffic impacts continue across region
CRAIG — Highway paving and Craig traffic signal replacement projects were completed last week, as road construction season continues elsewhere in the region.
The pavement no longer ends at the state line on Colo. Highway 318, northwest of Maybell.
Seven miles of the historic road — Utah Highway 1364/Daggett County Road B22 — that rolls past the John Jarvie Ranch and winds it’s way up to Clay Basin, Flaming Gorge and Dutch John, Utah, was paved this summer.
The project was funded through local impact money and is expected to be reimbursed by federal highway grant dollars next year, said Daggett County Road Supervisor James Olsen.
This year’s efforts, combined with previous work, leaves about 2 miles unpaved along Utah Highway 1364 to U.S. Highway 191.
“We are going to put in for another grant, but the money is five to seven years out,” Olsen said.
Closer to home, curb and gutter work continues along Victory Way in Craig.
“It’s a multi-year project to improve the handicap access, curbs and gutters and sidewalk safety issues,” said Randy Call, director of City Road and Bridge and Solid Waste Department.
Crews from city subcontractors Steamboat Asphalt were awarded a $140,000 contract that runs from June 2017 to 2018.
“The money is designated and restricted for that purpose and is a special 2 mill levy initiated in the ’50s that can only be used for curb and gutters, sidewalk and drainage,” Call said.
Once work is finished on the south side of Victory Way, crews will move to the north side, then, Yampa Avenue.
The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Friday, Sept. 8, the completion of the U.S. Highway 40 Traffic Signal Replacement project, in Craig.
“The goal of this project was to improve the traffic flow in the area, as well as to increase the safety of the roadway for motorists and pedestrians,” said CDOT Region 3 Communications Manager Tracy Truelove.
Crews completed operations that removed and replaced outdated traffic signals, mast arms, traffic signal heads, detection equipment and curb and gutter improvements at the intersections of U.S. Highway 40 and Colo. Highway 13, U.S. 40 and Finley/Mack Lane and and Colo. 13/Yampa Avenue and 6th Street.
The project started in December 2016, went through a winter shutdown and restarted in May 2017. Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc., was the contractor for the $1.1 million project.
As construction season continues elsewhere in the region, traffic delays are possible for travelers on U.S. 40 through Steamboat Springs, on U.S. Highway 6 and along the Interstate 70 corridor.
Construction impacts travel in Steamboat Springs
Paving by CDOT contractor Flatiron Construction has been completed along the majority of U.S. 40 from east of Elk River Road, however, the resurfacing at the west end was delayed.
“The rock material was potentially undermining the roadway, which could have impacted U.S. Highway 40 greatly, if the current method was continued,” Truelove said. “The project team is evaluating the safest method to proceed with the rock excavation and will continue that work in the upcoming week.”
The teams expect to complete resurfacing by the end of September.
“These sections have a rough surface, where crews milled the top layer of asphalt to remove surface cracks and imperfections prior to paving,” Truelove said.
As work continues at the project’s west end Wednesday, Sept. 13, motorists will encounter traffic shifts near Routt County Road 42. The speed is reduced to 35 miles per hour through this area.
“Prior to paving these portions, the contractor needs to excavate rock, install drainage improvements, place new road base material and apply asphalt patching. Additional crews have been brought onto the job site to expedite the completion of these portions,” Truelove said.
At the intersection of U.S. 40 and Elk River Road, the speed is reduced to 25 miles per hour, and there is a wide load restriction of 12 feet at all times through the project’s completion in late November.
Construction impacts travel on I-70
Sturgeon Electric — the contractor that recently completed the traffic light replacement project in Craig — is now working on a similar, $1.25 million job to replace traffic lights in Silverthorne, Dillon, Frisco and Breckenridge.
“The work includes replacing traffic signal indicators, select traffic signal heads, pedestrian signal faces, select pedestrian count down heads and select pedestrian pushbuttons,” Truelove said.
The work will impact some east and westbound ramps to I-70. Motorists can expect delays and some single-lane closures between 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday for several weeks.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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