MEEKER I Road work on the Rio Blanco County Road 5/Road 3 intersection (approximately milepost 17.5) is underway.
Work consists of widening, earthwork, demolition, asphalt removal, drainage, retaining walls, wildlife and livestock underpass, asphalt paving, fencing, guardrail, signing, and striping.
Traffic will be shifted and detoured, including signalized one-lane detours. For a period of time, rock blasting may be required, which might cause longer delays at detours. This is another project that will reduce wildlife mortality and improve livestock movement under County Road 5.
United Companies is performing the work through a contract with the Central Federal Lands Division of the Federal Highways Administration.
Rio Blanco County is a major share holder in the project and will have considerable participation in the project.
Preliminary signage and advisories are in place with actual work having begun Monday. Work is slated for completion on Sept. 30. Normal work hours will be from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Detours will be strategically placed and moved as the sequencing of the work requires.
Please exercise caution when driving through the work zone. Drivers should anticipate approximately 15-minute delays.