Cameron Pass roadwork continues until early 2012

Emergency slope repairs that have been under way since August on Colorado Highway 14 on the west side of Cameron Pass near the town of Gould will continue until early 2012.

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced last week that there will be single-lane alternating traffic through the work zone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

During work hours, typically 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., flaggers will be on site to direct motorists through the work zone. At other times, traffic will be directed through the work zone with traffic signals.

The speed limit has been reduced to 35 mph and commercial vehicles more than 12 feet wide will not be permitted through the work zone. Fines will be doubled for most infractions.

CDOT estimates delays of 15 to 20 minutes throughout the project and strongly advises alternate routes. A suggested alternative is through Laramie, Wyo., then south to Walden on Wyoming Highway 230 to Colorado Highways 127 and 125.

CDOT said heavy snow and strong winds in the area, as well as supplies that did not meet project specifications and had to be reordered, have delayed work.

Repairs were required along the 600-foot stretch of highway after excessively large snowpack last year deteriorated the slope to the point that permanent repairs became necessary. CDOT expects the work to stabilize the slope by replacing the existing earth with dense blocks to hold the hillside in place. The project also includes repaving.

Duckels Construction Inc. of Steamboat Springs is the contractor for this $2.5 million project.

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