Interstate repairs will cost $860,417 at site of rockslide

The apparent low bidder to repair rockfall damage on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon has committed to complete the work in 55 days, the Colorado Department of Transportation says.

Using emergency contracting procedures, the agency opened bids Friday afternoon, just four days after rocks knocked several holes through the elevated roadway in the canyon and damaged median barriers and a guardrail.

The apparent low bidder is Flatiron Construction, and the construction cost will be $860,417, the Department of Transportation said in a news release.

However, the total cost of the rockfall incident is expected to be much higher.

Figures still are being totaled for emergency response, rock blasting and other work to reopen the highway.

The highway was opened to one-lane travel in each direction Thursday, but restricted travel is expected to continue until permanent repairs are made. The speed limit through the area has been reduced to 40 mph, and loads more than 14 feet wide are prohibited.

“This happened on Monday, but we were able to get the work designed and out for competitive bidding by Tuesday, advertising the work to contractors on Wednesday,” Joe Elsen, program engineer for the Department of Transportation in Glenwood Springs, said in a news release.

Repair work likely will take place Mondays through Fridays, but some weekend work may occur depending on weather. Transportation officials plan a future announcement on the repair project details, including a start date and subsequent lane closures.


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