Over the weekend, crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation completed a temporary all-weather asphalt surface, removed the temporary detour and traffic signal, and opened Colorado Highway 14 over Cameron Pass to two lanes of traffic.
Crews will clean the site between Larimer and Jackson counties this week then pause for the remainder of the winter. Once the weather warms up in late spring, crews will be able to finish the project, including replacing the temporary asphalt pavement with permanent pavement.
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The speed limit for the pass remains 25 mph through the work zone.
Work has been under way since August on the west side of the pass near Gould after melting snowpack deteriorated a 600-foot stretch of hillside. To stabilize the slope, crews removed the existing earth and are replaced it with dense Styrofoam-like blocks. The blocks are stacked tightly on top of each other and the space between each block filled with concrete, holding the hillside in place and preventing further deterioration.
Duckels Construction Inc. of Steamboat Springs is the contractor for the $2.5 million project, which will be completed in early 2012.
Questions about the project can be directed to Stacy Spector at CDOT, 970-723-3756.