The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to add eight-foot-wide shoulders and an eastbound climbing lane on State Highway 92, one of several projects slated to be completed in the northwest section of the state.
"We will have 26 projects underway this summer and fall totaling some $145 million," said CDOT Region 3 transportation director Dave Eller.
"These construction projects will improve about 100 miles of roadway and a dozen bridges, as well as make signing, striping, guardrail and intelligent transportation system upgrades to several hundred additional miles regionwide."
Construction on Highway 92 will take place between mileposts 13.8-15.5 (from Sulfur Gulch to the west edge of Rogers Mesa, near Hotchkiss). Right- and left-hand turn and acceleration/deceleration lanes will be constructed in both directions at the Gunnison River Pleasure Park intersection. The $12 million project also includes railroad safety improvement and FASTER funds. The at-grade Union Pacific railroad crossing near milepost 15 will be eliminated with the addition of an overpass.
Work will begin this summer, at the earliest. Depending on the start date, construction could last through 2013, or into 2014 if construction is suspended during the winter.
Similar roadway construction took place between Austin and Hotchkiss in 2009 as part of Phase I; Phase II extended the improvements to milepost 13.8 six miles west of Hotchkiss. The latest pro-ject will continue efforts to enhance safety on shoulderless stretches of the highway, which was originally built in the 1940s.
On McClure Pass, TK Mining has been contracted to install cable netting just north of the summit and at milepost 48.6 just south of Redstone. The project will improve stability and reduce rockfall incidents such as the one which closed Highway 133 earlier this week (see related story on page B1).
CDOT maintenance forces will also be in highway work zones this summer and fall, making repairs to and/or conducting routine maintenance on bridges, culverts, fences, roadway surfaces and more. The maintenance work will benefit the region by improving safety, increasing capacity on some roadways, and prolonging the life of highways for years to come.
"This is a good time to remind motorists of the critical need to slow down and limit distractions when approaching and driving through work zones," Eller said. "While our workers are at risk every day in these work zones, it's important for motorists to understand they are at risk, too; it's up to all of us to reduce the amount of accidents that happen in cone zones each year."blog comments powered by Disqus