(Posted March 27, 2020)
A new traffic pattern on I-70, between U.S. Route 42 and the Franklin County line, will go into effect on March 30 and remain in place until September.
By 6 a.m. March 30, weather permitting, I-70 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction, and both directions of traffic will be on the eastbound side so the contractor can rebuild the westbound pavement. All entrance and exit ramps will be maintained via median crossovers.
Both directions of traffic will be separated by barrier wall, but lanes will be narrower and the speed limit will be reduced. The speed limit on I-70 east will be 65 mph, and I-70 west will vary from 55 mph to 65 mph, depending on the presence of workers and location of work.
This traffic pattern will be in effect until September when I-70 west will return to the westbound lanes. Then, crews will pave the final layer of asphalt in both directions.
Here’s how traffic will be impacted on March 29 to switch traffic into the new pattern: At 7 p.m., I-70 west will be reduced to one lane for crews to complete work that will shift westbound traffic onto the eastbound side of I-70. At 6 a.m., two lanes will open in each direction.
All work is weather dependent; it may be postponed or cancelled without prior notice.