Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - ARRA Project Completed in Glendwood Springs

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2009


CONTACT:

Nancy Shanks, CDOT Public Relations
(970) 385-1428 office, (970) 749-3579 mobile

CDOT COMPLETES AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT PROJECT IN GLENWOOD SPRINGS
Scott Contracting completes interchange safety & capacity improvements on schedule

GARFIELD COUNTY -- The Colorado Department of Transportation has completed another highway project funded with American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)--the first in CDOT's Region 3 (northwest Colorado) to be completed. The project, which began on August 17, has involved safety, capacity and surface-treatment improvements at the I-70 Exit 116 interchange in Glenwood Springs, including work on the Grand Avenue Bridge (SH 82).


Safety and capacity improvements at the interchange include the following:

  • US 6 onto up-valley (southbound) SH 82 has become a double-right turn and a new signal was installed;
  • the eastbound I-70 off-ramp was widened to two lanes to reduce traffic congestion during morning peak travel;
  • the I-70 westbound on-ramp was widened to two lanes to help relieve afternoon peak travel congestion;
  • conduits and fiber optic cable were installed to time signals at this interchange with all others on SH 82 to further improve mobility through the city;
  • and, with City of Glenwood Springs involvement, pedestrian safety facilities were added on 6th Street (north of the interchange), including colored concrete crosswalks and curb ramps.

The project has also repaired and resurfaced the Grand Avenue Bridge (SH 82). The bridge was built in the 1950s and later widened to four lanes the late 1960s. Work repaired the steel bridge rail, curb and curb rail, repaired the concrete deck under sections with major potholes, then overlaid the bridge with 2 1/2 inches of new asphalt. The bridge's expansion joints were also replaced.


This project received $2.5 million in ARRA funding, and an additional $162,000 from federal Congestion Relief Funds. Scott Contracting was awarded the work and has completed the project on schedule.


In all, Colorado will receive more than $400 million for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects. To see a list of projects and other ARRA updates, Click here.