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Winter road work on Highway 24 making way for Memorial Day completion

Posted at 6:12 PM, Jan 20, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — There is a tight timeline for Colorado Department of Transportation work happening on Highway 24 West of Colorado Springs.

"Usually we try to have things wrapped up by winter or we do a winter shutdown,” said CDOT Project Manager Steve Goure. “In this case we're trying to get the job done. We want to get the job done by Memorial Day and get out."

The goal is getting the work out of the way before the summer season, when the road is extra packed with vehicles.

The work is intended to improve traffic flow on the heavily traveled stretch of Highway 24 from I-25 up to Manitou Springs. It also upgrades the driving service.

"Probably have about 10,000 tons of asphalt to put down," Goure said.

Only paving has to wait out winter. Putting down black top requires consistent around the clock warm temperatures.

While the cold inhibits paving, crews work on other parts of the project that can happen now.

"Working behind barriers there. Working on that, stuff that's not temperature sensitive," Goure said.

The prep work makes wave for overnight paving as soon as weather permits.