I-70 turns cone zone this summer


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Cone zones are popping up on I-70 and they'll continue throughout the next few months for a major resurfacing project.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is resurfacing sections of the interstate from mile markers 16 to 49.

Areas of the highway are being brought down to one lane, so CDOT is reminding drivers to be patient and follow the speed limit to avoid knocking over cones or injuring construction crews.

"Folks really need to be cautious and not distracted when they're going through our cone zones so they try not to knock them over because then it can get confusing," said Tracy Trulove, communications manager for region three of the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Plus, Trulove said despite delays it might cause drivers, the work needs to be done to keep the highway safe for years to come.

"Like everything we have to plan where we're going to do our maintenance on sections of road, it was time," Trulove said. "For the life cycle of this road it was time for this road to be resurfaced."

The biggest part of the project will be near I-70 exit 49. Drivers are being rerouted to the I-70 eastbound on ramp to access Highway 65.

Construction will continue through the 33 miles of the interstate through September.

The entire project costs $27 million for the resurfacing as well as work on guardrails and bridges.

To check for construction zones and traffic before leaving for a trip, visit the link to the right.


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