Written by Traffic Specialist Joel Hillan

A project dubbed by the Colorado Department of Transportation as the “Big Bump” closes lanes along I-70 about one mile west of the Eisenhower Tunnel.

The $2.2 million project will force those lanes closed through October.

Over the years as CDOT has tried to smooth out this natural depression 6-feet of asphalt has built up in that section.

CDOT Engineer Peter Kozinski explains, “We’re attempting to mitigate the Big Bump by drilling 5-foot diameter holes, about 20-feet deep and then filling them with a lightweight concrete material.”

In August, the project will include some rockfall mitigation work about four miles west of the Big Bump. Crews will install draped mesh and barrier along WB I-70. There will be lane closure there as well when that portion of the project gets under way.

About The Blogger

– In the Traffic Blog Joel Hillan writes about highways to avoid, trouble spots throughout the city of Denver and construction issues. He is always interested in hearing about your traffic problems, so send him an email. Also, follow Joel on Twitter at @JoelHillan.


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