US Highway 40 paving project to start in June

$3.7M to be spent resurfacing 6-mile stretch between Steamboat, Hayden

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— The Colorado Department of Transportation will spend $3.7 million this summer to resurface a six-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Hayden.

The paving project between mile markers 108 and 114 is scheduled to begin June 11 and continue into early August.

“It is a pretty rough surface right now,” CDOT spokeswoman Ashley Mohr said. “There are a lot of trucks that travel in the area, which is harder on the roadway.”

The project overlaps one mile of U.S. 40 where a $1 million rockfall mitigation project is under way between mile markers 113 and 120.

Those traveling in the area have been told to be prepared for delays of as many as 20 minutes. Similar delays are expected with the repaving project.

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.

“CDOT is trying to be green,” Mohr said.

She said the project is being paid for using money carved out of CDOT’s budget from the previous year.

Some guardrails will be repaired during the project, but there are no plans to improve or widen the shoulders along the stretch of highway.

“They are going to keep them pretty much how they are now,” Mohr said.

She said the $1 million rockfall mitigation that began in April is on schedule and also is expected to be finished by early August.

“We’ve had pretty cooperative weather this spring,” Mohr said.

Workers have been taking down loose rock and now are drilling into the side of the cliffs to install anchors. The anchors will hold fencing and wire mesh on the canyon walls designed to prevent rocks from falling onto the road below.

Falling rocks on that stretch of U.S. 40 in the Mount Harris Canyon have killed one person and caused multiple accidents in the past two years.

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

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