Summer construction to begin Monday on Rabbit Ears Pass |

Summer construction to begin Monday on Rabbit Ears Pass

Craig Press staff report
Road work will begin April 30 at locations in east Steamboat Springs and Rabbit Ears Pass, with work scheduled to run through October.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Colorado Department of Transportation on Monday began work on two projects on U.S. Highway 40 west of Rabbit Ears Pass. Construction is expected to continue through mid- to late-October.

Motorists can anticipate travel impacts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday in two work zones and until noon on Friday in another two zones.

At the east end of Steamboat Springs, near Walton Creek Road, motorists will encounter some traffic shifts and/or single-lane, alternating traffic. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 miles per hour, with a width restriction of 10 feet during work hours.

Near milepost 141 on Rabbit Ears Pass, there will be a traffic shift, with a reduction to two lanes for frost heave and roadway damage repairs. Speed will be reduced to 35 mph, with a 10-foot width restriction at this location, as well.

The work, contracted to United Companies for $6.4 million, will repair and resurface 12.2 miles of highway between Walton Creek Road and the summit of Rabbit Ears Pass. In addition, crews will replace a drainage culvert east of the summit. There is a no-work zone between the resurfacing and culvert project areas.

Project work items include the following.

  • Milling of the top 2.5 inches of existing asphalt to address surface cracks and imperfections, followed by an overlay of 2 inches of asphalt
  • Guardrail replacement
  • Culvert replacement
  • Erosion control
  • Frost heave (uplift of asphalt due to freezing expansion) repairs on the roadway
  • Sign modifications and new striping

Weekend work is possible later in the project, if necessary to expedite completion.

CDOT urges motorists to avoid distractions when driving through the work zone.