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Delays expected as CDOT resurfaces Hwy 40

Tonya BinaSky-Hi NewsGrand County CO Colorado

Starting this week, motorists can expect travel delays on U.S. Highway 40 this summer as the Colorado Department of Transportation undergoes highway resurfacing and guardrail improvements.Due to the construction’s single-lane traffic, cars may be stopped for up to 20 minutes at an 11-mile section from the bridge at Granby to just west of the overpass near Tabernash, and at an 11-mile section near Kremmling from mile posts 179 to 190.Drive times will take longer due to reduced speed limits in construction areas, so motorists should tack on an extra 30 minutes total to their travel schedules, according to Mike McGehee of United Companies, Denver, the company contracted to complete the $1.2 million project by Aug. 18.Guardrail modifications started on July 13 with chipseal projects scheduled to start on July 26″In each area, motorists will see several phases of these projects separated by days,” said CDOT spokesperson Nancy Shanks.Since the project entails applying aggregate to the roadway, once it is oiled, rolled and swept, their may be loose chips as traffic helps to compact the roadway before crews come back in to apply the top sealant, then apply permanent striping.During the chipseal curing process, motorists are advised to maintain slow speeds and a safe following distance “to avoid getting chipped windshields,” Shanks said. Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, but McGehee said the company will “play it by ear” for those Fridays when there is increased visitor traffic. “If the volumes get really heavy on Friday afternoons, we have been known to stop work early,” he said.

Tuesday, July 13: Guardrail modification began on U.S. Highway 40 at mile marker 223.56 (east of Tabernash) and continue west to mile marker 212.82 (this work is estimated to take 5 days).Tuesday, July 20: Guardrail modification will begin on U.S. Hwy 40 at mile marker 190 (east of Kremmling) and continue west through town to MM 179(this work is estimated to take 5 days).Monday, July 26: Chipseal Cover Coat (place chips) will begin on U.S. Hwy 40 at mile marker 223.56 (east of Tabernash) and continue west to mile marker 212.82 (this work is estimated to take 5 days).Monday, Aug. 2: Chipseal Cover Coat (place chips) will begin on U.S. Hwy 40 at mile marker 190 (east of Kremmling) and continue west through town to mile marker 179 (this work is estimated to take 3 days)Thursday, Aug. 5: Chipseal Cover Coat (place chips) will begin on SH 131 at mile marker 64.56 (south of Steamboat Springs) & continue north to intersection of US 40 at mile marker 68.53 (2 days) Monday, Aug. 9: Chipseal Fog Coat will begin on U.S. Hwy 40 at mile marker 223.56 to mile marker 212.82 (3 days)Thursday, Aug. 12: Chipseal Fog Coat will begin on U.S. Hwy 40 at mile marker 190 to mile marker 179 (2 days) Saturday, Aug. 14: Chipseal Fog Coat will begin on State Highway 131 at mile marker 64.56 to mile marker 68.53 (1 day) Monday, Aug. 16, 2010: Epoxy Pavement Marking will begin on U.S. Hwy 40 at mile marker 223.56 to mile marker 212.82 (1 day)Tuesday, Aug. 17: Epoxy Pavement Marking will begin on U.S. Hwy 40 at mile marker 190 to mile marker 179 (1day)Tuesday, August 17: Epoxy Pavement Marking will begin on State Highway 131 at mile marker 64.56 to mile marker 68.53. (1 day)

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