Colorado starts I-70 paving west of Eisenhower Tunnel

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is beginning rotomill operations on westbound Interstate 70 in the Silverthorne area as part of its paving project from the Eisenhower Tunnel to the top of Silverthorne Hill (mile 203.5).

Work includes guardrail replacement, minor bridge repair, erosion control, culvert pipe work and striping. A one- to two-mile segment of eastbound and westbound I-70, east from the Eisenhower Tunnel, also will be paved in late summer. Paving began Monday, June 16.

Due to safety concerns from the steep downgrade between the Eisenhower Tunnel and Silverthorne, all westbound commercial vehicles more than 26,000 GVWR is being detoured over Loveland Pass during paving operations, scheduled Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. MT. All detoured traffic can return to I-70 at Silverthorne.

All other work, both on- and off-road, takes place around the clock from 10 p.m. Sundays until noon Fridays. One or two lanes will be closed. The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph in the work zone. Only minor delays are anticipated during project hours, but CDOT will monitor traffic and adjust and/or remove lane closures if long backups develop.

Work that could impact traffic will be suspended for the Independence and Labor Day holidays. The overall project is scheduled for completion in September.