U.S. 24 West closed for rock project next week

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People headed to the mountains next week should avoid Highway 24.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is closing westbound U.S. 24 to traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ute Pass for a rock mitigation project. Eastbound U.S. 24 will be down to one lane in each direction for four miles between Cave of the Winds Road and the Pikes Peak Toll Road intersection in cascade, Colo.

Traffic will be stopped for periods of 15 to 30 minutes because crews are scaling the hillside above the highway.

In addition, U.S. 24 will be closed completely for an hour, sometime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday to complete the project.

“The scaling and mitigation is above the westbound highway segment so that side needs to be closed to traffic while we are working to maintain safe conditions for the work crews,” said CDOTMaintenance Foreman Gary Heller. “We can’t have any traffic moving through the work zone in order to safely remove a large rock slab that’s about 40 feet by 20 feet so that’s why we have to close the highway completely.”

Drivers are reminded to slow down through the work zone and allow extra travel time. Speed limits through the site are reduced to 35 miles an hour. Bikes and vehicles wider than 12 feet also will not be allowed through the area during work hours.

Yenter Companies of Arvada is the contractor for the $26,000 project.

Updated information can be found at the CDOT website, www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures or by calling 511.