The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun improving several sections of U.S. Highway 50 in Mesa and Delta counties. Highway resurfacing will take place in two sections:
Section 1: A 6.2-mile stretch between mile posts 36 and 42.2 (29 Road in Grand Junction southeast to Whitewater) will receive a "mill and fill," in which crews will mill off the top two inches of asphalt to remove the damaged/cracked surface, resurface the milled pavement with two inches of new asphalt, then overlay the entire stretch with another two inches of new asphalt to add strength and durability to the highway surface and extend its life by about 11 years.
Section 2: Improvements to an 18-mile stretch between milepoints (MP) 50 and 68 (Mesa-Delta county line south to Delta) will consist of leveling the pavement (milling the pavement surface) in various locations where the highway is somewhat "waved" from shrink-swell characteristics of the soil. (These uneven sections of the highway can cause safety problems for motorists, particularly those driving semi-trucks or pulling trailers and large loads.) The leveled sections will then get an overlay of new asphalt.
Other work along the two sections will included guardrail upgrades, curb and gutter repairs, embankment work, rumble strips (cut into the highway shoulders to alert errant vehicles) and new striping.
APC Southern Construction Company of Golden was contracted for $6.2 million to complete this project.
Through the project's scheduled completion on July 1, motorists will encounter single-lane reductions in both directions, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no weekend work and no work over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
South of Delta, CDOT and contractor Intermountain Slurry Seal will begin a project involving chip seal resurfacing over a total of 15.8 miles. A chip seal resurfacing is done as a preventative maintenance measure to extend the life of pavement that is in fairly good condition. The operation fills minor cracks and prevents oxidation of the asphalt, enabling it to maintain its flexibility.
The two work zones lie between MP 74 just south of Delta to MP 81 near Olathe; then east of Montrose at MP 94.2 east to MP 103. The work was contracted for $1.3 million.
Through the project's completion on June 13, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction from MP 74 to MP 81, and directed through the and directed through a single-lane work zone by flaggers from MP 94.2 to MP 103. Motorists should expect travel delays up to 10 minutes through the Montrose east work location. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
CDOT and the contractor crews greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation while driving through the work zone.blog comments powered by Disqus