Highway 86 paving job is taste of things to come

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Travelers on Colorado Highway 86 recently had a chance to experience what’s to come later this summer, when CDOT begins a paving project from Elizabeth to Franktown.

The Colorado Department of Transportation on May 6 conducted maintenance on a short segment of the highway, adding a coat of new asphalt to the road’s surface. The project was completed in about a day, with nearly a dozen paving trucks on site to put a half-inch coat of new asphalt on about 1,000 feet of the road just west of Elizabeth.

Traffic was down to one lane during the project, with flaggers managing cars in both directions. The resulting traffic delays gave drivers an idea of the larger-scale project set to begin before summer’s end.

CDOT is scheduled to repave the highway from Franktown to Elizabeth in a project expected to last about three months, said Bob Wilson, CDOT spokesman.

The Highway 86 repaving project will begin in August and is scheduled for completion in October, Wilson said. The project will include removal of the existing road surface and application of two inches of asphalt, he said.

“This (May 6 project) is a very short segment,” Wilson said. “When maintenance crews do it, they do a skim layer to maintain the roadway until a bigger paving project comes through. That bigger paving project will be much longer-lasting.”

CDOT has yet to schedule a start date for the repaving project. More information will be provided before construction begins, Wilson said.