Mtn View & Highway 24 Construction Starts
Already one week behind schedule, the construction initially planned to begin August 12 at Mountain View Drive and Highway 24 kicked off in Leadville Today. Residents, travelers, and visitors should plan on navigating a cone zone in this area through mid-December 2019. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the contractor Technology Constructors will replace the existing signals and make additional improvements that will support all modes of travel, as well as provide new accesses for a new development east of the intersection.
“This is a great improvement for safety and mobility,” said CDOT’s Region 3 Director Michael Goolsby, who confirmed that the project is moving forward in partnership with the City of Leadville and High Country Developers, LLC, owners of the Railyard @ Leadville development. “When CDOT gets the opportunity to partner with Local Government and Private industry it is a Win/Win for our Customers.”
According to legal documents associated with the cost of the project, total expenditures are calculated at $1,199,742, with $592,255 of that funded by CDOT and $607,487 by the developer. The project is scheduled for completion by mid-December 2019.
Details provided by CDOT include the following intersection improvements:
- Replacement of existing span wire signals with mast arm signals
- Upgraded push buttons and signals for pedestrians
- Sidewalk upgrades to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements at all four corners of each intersection, including ADA-compliant curb ramps
- Drainage improvements (storm drain inlets)
- New/upgraded pavement markings
- Minor widening on westbound (runs northbound at this location) US 24 to provide a new deceleration/acceleration lane into and out of the new development
“The City of Leadville is pleased to participate in this important public-private partnership benefitting our community,” said Leadville Administrative Services Manager Sarah Dallas. “We greatly appreciate the generous support of the Colorado Department of Transportation and High Country Developers in the Mountain View Drive intersection-improvement project. We look forward to the enhancements both the project and the development will bring.”
Here’s What to Expect at Mtn View & Hwy 24
TRAVEL IMPACTS: Through the project’s completion by late November 2019, motorists can expect single-lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (as daylight permits), Monday through Friday. Motorists are urged to drive with care through the intersection and watch for workers and equipment. Please avoid distractions as you travel through the work area and go “Slow for the Cone Zone!”
PROJECT INFORMATION: Those with questions or comments, or those wanting to receive weekly project updates via email, may call the project information line at (719) 427-0950 or email the project team at email@example.com.
Minturn Roadway Improvements Impact Commuters
While Leadville traffic will be cone-zoned during the local intersection project, commuters over to the Vail Valley will see another traffic impact on Highway 24, this one further west in Minturn. Jody Randall with American Civil Constructors (ACC) provided the following update as of August 16, 2019.
Lots of Activity! Lots of Progress! With curb and gutter in place we can start visualizing how nice the roadway improvements to US 24 will be for residents and guests to the town of Minturn. Next week crews will continue with walls, curb and gutter on the east and west sides of the highway from 711 Main Street through the 800 block. We will continue to “chip” away at the storm sewer installation on the east side of the highway.
“Chip” was an appropriate word because crews are required to bust up large rocks that are in the path of the new storm sewer system. This effort makes for slow progress but ACC is still on track for an October 25 completion date. Another element of the project will be the replacement of guardrail from the south end of town to I-70. This is a safety improvement that will elevate the guardrail on US 24 to current crash standards.
During the construction work hours of 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. ACC’s work may require single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. with flagger directed alternating through traffic. This may prompt holds up to 15 minutes. ACC may also shift traffic in a certain area so please stay alert and watch for the directional cones during work hours. As with previous weeks, if we will be working in front of your property we will provide notice and will work to minimize the inconvenience and hazard to the public. Please contact ACC at PublicInfo@accbuilt. com or phone (970)287-0033
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