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Stretches of I-70 to be repaired by ski season

The Colorado Department of Transportation and APC Southern will begin work next week on a paving project along Interstate 70 in Eagle, Summit and Clear Creek counties, according to a news release.

Work will begin with repaving the I-70 right-hand climbing lanes on Vail Pass in three locations between mile markers 178.7 and 215.5.  

The project will originate on eastbound I-70 near Vail and progress toward the summit of Vail Pass. Crews will remove and replace the top 2 inches of asphalt over more than 10 miles in the right lane; they also will replace barrier, restripe the lanes and reinforce some of the drainage culverts under the interstate. The new asphalt will level the highway, creating a smoother driving surface for travelers. This safety improvement project, weather permitting, is expected to be completed by late October.

In mid-September, the project is scheduled to shift to paving the eastbound climbing lanes of I-70 from Silverthorne to the Eisenhower Tunnel. Crews will work to remove and replace 2 inches of existing roadway for an additional 10 miles. The paving in the tunnels will use a warm mix asphalt paving ideal for the unique conditions of the tunnel. The warm mix is ideal for the cooler temperatures, altitude and enormous fans that ventilate the tunnel.

Normal working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursday with potential paving operations at the tunnel parking lots Fridays. The speed limit through the construction zone will be reduced to 45 mph. Upon the completion of the climbing lanes, night work is scheduled to occur in the Eisenhower Tunnel for about one week in September. All lanes in both directions of the tunnel bores will be repaved.

For additional questions or comments about the project, call 970-401-8001 or email i70vail@publicinfoteam.com.