New electronic message boards are going up on either side of Rabbit Ears Pass that also will give drivers a real-time idea of the conditions that are ahead on U.S. Highway 40.

Photo by Matt Stensland

New electronic message boards are going up on either side of Rabbit Ears Pass that also will give drivers a real-time idea of the conditions that are ahead on U.S. Highway 40.

Road work ramping up in Routt County

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CDOT will be providing updates for both projects at www.coloradodot.info/projects/MtHarrisCanyon.

— Widening, repaving and rockfall mitigation are among the projects being undertaken by the Colorado Department of Transportation this summer in Routt County.

New electronic message boards going up on either side of Rabbit Ears Pass also will give drivers a real-time idea of the conditions that are ahead on U.S. Highway 40.

“We want to let folks know what kind of conditions exist on the pass before they get up there,” CDOT spokeswoman Ashley Mohr said.

Information will be delivered to the boards via fiber-optic line.

“Fiber-optic sign upgrades will provide faster communication messages with motorists from CDOT information stations, costs less to install and maintain than other forms of technology, and overall are more cost effective than other forms of communications,” CDOT stated in a press release.

Drivers headed to Rabbit Ears from Steamboat will see the sign just before the intersection of Colorado Highway 131. Those headed to Steamboat from Kremmling will see the sign near the base of Rabbit Ears at Muddy Pass.

On Thursday, CDOT will begin a $3.7 million highway resurfacing project on U.S. 40 near Hayden between mile markers 108 and 114. The project slightly overlaps the existing $1 million Mount Harris Canyon rockfall mitigation project. Work on both projects is expected to last until August. Fencing is currently being installed on the cliffs as part of the rockfall project.

Crews will be working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and there will be some work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. Motorists should expect wait times of as much as 20 minutes during construction hours and are asked to plan for delays.

The repaving project will be very similar to the project completed on U.S. 40 last summer between Rabbit Ears Pass and Kremmling. Machines will rip up the existing asphalt, which will be recycled on site and used to repave the highway.

Also this summer on Colorado Highway 131, work continues on the $6.9 million project to widen a two-lane road and make it safer. Work at this point mainly consists of a lot of excavation work, Mohr said.

Motorists should expect 10-minute delays when traveling through the construction zone between mile markers 55 and 58 about 10 miles south of Steamboat. The work is scheduled to go through November.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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