Rubber Meets the Roads in Lake County
Shore Pretty Drive. Ever heard of it? It’s one of those local street names that have been around a while but isn’t on any map. Others may know it as the backway into Forebay Reservoir and Twin Lakes. Formally, these streets are pinned as County Roads 10 & 24.
However, according to Dave TenEyk, there was a contest years ago to name the back way to Twin Lakes. Shore Pretty Drive was the winning entry. No matter what you call it, it sure is a pretty drive!
For travelers be advised, Lake County Road and Bridge crews will be doing some long-overdue work on Monday, June 8 for culvert replace by the dredge ponds and road base upgrades. According to county officials, it will likely be closed for two weeks. However, Assistant Public Works Director Michael Irwin said that the crews will try to accommodate local traffic during the project except during the 2-3 days when the road will be completely impassable during the culvert replacement. Please see the map below for road closure points. Any questions, please contact their office directly at 719-486-0259.
Red Light, Green Light on Highway 24
It has become apparent that maybe some of the pedestrians and bicyclists using the downtown district which is currently under construction aren’t being so courteous to the crews, especially the flaggers. The following notice was distributed by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) concerning the Highway 24 project.
It’s important for everyone to slow down and respect the cone zone during a construction project. Cyclists and pedestrians should use extreme caution during construction operations.
CYCLISTS: CDOT asks cyclists to follow these guidelines to help keep everyone safe:
- Stop for flaggers
- Do not ride in areas closed for construction
- Ride with the flow of traffic: right on the right-hand side of the roadway or in the shoulder
- Do not ride in the shoulder if it is closed for construction. Instead, ride in the driving lane (with the flow of traffic). This also applies if there is equipment or other construction activities in the shoulder.
PEDESTRIANS: The CDOT team is here to help you cross safely. Please ask for assistance when crossing the road and use open intersections only. For more information on the project, please use the following resources:
- Log-on to the Special Web Page
- Drop an email to: LeadvilleUS24@gmail.com
- Call direct: 970-946-4132
- A reminder that the weekly meetings for this project happen on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
THINGS LEADVILLE WANTS from CDOT
- Make the light at 6th Street eastbound a bit longer. The time hardly allows for two vehicles to make the turn point onto Highway 24. It’s been painful.
- A map of the lane and parking configuration plan after the re-paving. Is there a copy somewhere to view?
Construction Continues Through Minturn
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor American Civil Constructors, LLC (ACC) returned to Minturn on Monday, June 8 to complete the US Highway 24 Improvements project. Work will be completed from Maloit Park Road (Mile Point 147) to I-70. Crews will complete the project by marking crosswalks, installing pedestrian railing, finishing up topsoil, revegetation and other punch list items. Major contract items have already been completed.
While there is no guarantee that the dancing flagger from Minturn (see video below) will return, ACC will be on-site from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, weekday traffic control will not begin until after 9 a.m. Traffic control may require single-lane closures with flaggers directing alternating thru traffic, with potential holds of up to 15 minutes.
ACC may also shift traffic in certain areas; CDOT asks that motorists stay alert and watch for the directional cones during work hours. The US Highway 24 improvements project started in 2019 and is designed to improve the existing roadway surface and advance safety enhancements throughout the corridor. ACC will notify businesses and residences prior to work directly in front of their property. Work should be complete by June 26.