Summit County, CDOT brace for 7-month eastbound I-70 construction

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There are just 10 weeks of blasting, delays and preparation left before the Colorado Department of Transportation shutters the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 completely for seven months while the highway is widened to three lanes.

While transportation crews are doing preparation work at the Twin Tunnels, the centerpiece of the project, CDOT public relations teams are working to prepare the public for the closure.

I-70 westbound will remain open during the widening project. Eastbound traffic will be rerouted over an upgraded frontage road that runs parallel to the highway from April through October, when the project is slated for completion.

Until then, drivers will see more frequent work and occasional traffic stops at the Twin Tunnels as CDOT lays the groundwork for the widening.

Overnight lane closures will continue through April, as well.

Read the full story at the Summit Daily's website.

Scheduled closures on Interstate 70 next week

Daytime and overnight lane closures are scheduled next week at the Twin Tunnels on Interstate 70 at the east end of Idaho Springs for rock scaling, blasting and drilling work. Grouting and wall construction also is taking place.

The Colorado Department of Transportation will implement the following closures:

■ Monday

6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Right lane closed eastbound.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Left lane closed westbound.

6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday Eastbound I-70 closed. Traffic reduced to one lane in each direction through the westbound bore.

■ Tuesday

6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Right lane closed eastbound.

Approximately 11 a.m. Rock blasting: All traffic stopped for 15 to 20 minutes.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Left lane closed westbound.

6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday Eastbound I-70 closed. Traffic reduced to one lane in each direction through the westbound bore.

■ Wednesday

6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Right lane closed eastbound.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Left lane closed westbound.

6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday Eastbound I-70 closed. Traffic reduced to one lane in each direction through the westbound bore.

■ Thursday

6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Right lane closed eastbound.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Left lane closed westbound.

6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday Eastbound I-70 closed. Traffic reduced to one lane in each direction through the westbound bore.

■ Feb. 1

6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Right lane closed eastbound.

Approximately 11 a.m. Rock blasting: All traffic stopped for 15 to 20 minutes.

Source: Colorado Department of Transportation

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