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U.S. 40 work continues

Rocks installed to shore up eroding riverbank west of town

Melinda Dudley

— Emergency repairs to U.S. Highway 40 just west of Steamboat Springs will continue through Monday, as the Colorado Department of Transportation works to prevent further erosion of the riverbank that caused damage to the road’s shoulder.

The repairs, on a half-mile stretch of U.S. 40 near mile marker 129 just west of Steamboat Springs city limits, was scheduled for completion Tuesday but is now expected to last into next week. In the meantime, the eastbound lane of U.S. 40 remains closed, and motorists should expect single-lane alternating traffic in the construction zone, resulting in travel delays.

CDOT crews had been monitoring the affected stretch of road for some time, as it lies directly adjacent to the Yampa River. It became clear last week that emergency repairs were necessary as the shoulder began to slide away.

“It’s something we were just keeping an eye on,” CDOT spokeswoman Mindy Crane said. “We could actually see the road cracking on the shoulder.”

Shoring up the riverbank with stones will prevent further erosion during high-water periods, Crane said. Crews also will patch and pave the damaged shoulder.

Construction crews will attempt to clear their equipment when possible from the eastbound lane during the evening rush hour, to fully open the road and clear traffic during peak travel times.

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CDOT also has resumed repairs on Colorado Highway 131 south of U.S. 40. The project will widen road shoulders to 8 feet, make minor improvements to the horizontal and vertical alignments and remove and replace guardrail and fencing between mileposts 58.26 and 61.60, just south of Chokecherry Lane.

During the project, motorists can expect single-lane, alternating traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with some weekend work. Motorists can expect delays up to 10 minutes in various locations through the work zone.

– To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203 or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com