CONSTRUCTION ON COLORADO 131 WRAPS UPA summer's worth of road work, and delays, on Colorado 131 should wind down this week, just in time to relieve stress on county roads.

Road crews on the northern four miles of the state highway are working from dusk to dawn to finish, said Van Pilaud, Colorado Department of Transportation project engineer.

"By the middle part of (this) week, we should have the top layer done," Pilaud said.

By the end of this week driving delays should be at a minimum. Crews could remain at the site until the first of November, finishing seeding and mulching of displaced areas, he said.

Crews from Connell Resources Inc. are repaving and widening the first four miles of the north end of Colorado 131. Because of the work, there have been traffic delays, usually in three spots of the road.

The reconstruction on the four-mile stretch is phase one of a six-year, $17 million project to replace and widen most of Colorado 131 between Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek.

"All of the paving (for phase one) is going to be finished this year," said Tony Connell, owner of Connell Resources.


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