CDOT begins repaving I-70 from Georgetown to U.S. 6

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By Ian Neligh

Two major Colorado Department of Transportation construction projects are beginning in Clear Creek.
On June 11, CDOT started a $7 million project to resurface Interstate 70 from Georgetown to U.S. 6, with all of the work being done at night, and on June 12, crews began a $2.8 million project to make wall and expansion-joint repairs along U.S. 40 on Berthoud Pass.
CDOT spokeswoman Stacia Sellers said CDOT hopes to have the resurfacing, paving, milling and road striping work on I-70 done by mid-summer.
“All of the work will be during night hours just so we can avoid major traffic delays during the day,” Sellers said. “We also want to be considerate of daily commuters, or even recreational commuters, so that’s another reason why we don’t want to do our work during the day.”
Along U.S. 40, the wall and expansion joint repairs will be done throughout the year as weather permits. Sellers said the wall has deteriorated and the project is a priority for safety reasons. Work will be done to reinforce and stabilize slopes above the roadway.
“This work does have to be completed during the day, just for the safety of our workers,” Sellers said. “This is a pass. There are only two lanes up there.”
The road work will occur Monday through Friday, but officials say one lane will be open at all times.
“This project is going to have minimal traffic impact,” said Kevin Brown, the project’s resident engineer.
Brown said CDOT has some concerns about the walls, and blocks used as retaining walls, adding the freeze-thaw cycle is causing them to disintegrate.
“We’re going to be replacing everything that you can see from the road,” Brown said.

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