Location: Beavertail Tunnels on I-70 in De Beque Canyon near Grand Junction, Colorado
Description: The Beavertail tunnels shelter a section of Interstate 70 (I-70), America’s primary conduit for traversing the Continental Divide. With 16,000 motorists navigating the tunnels every day at high speed, innovative solutions were needed to foster safety while minimizing traffic impacts. Partnering with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Sturgeon Electric met these challenges by instituting a traffic control plan to divert traffic, one tunnel at a time, to an adjacent roadway along a canyon wall. This strategy allowed traffic to migrate away from the worksite, providing open access for our crews to execute work without the hazards of partial lane closures. All the original work and additionally requested scope was completed under budget and eight weeks ahead of schedule.
Completion Date: 2017
Work Performed By: Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc., an MYR Group subsidiary
Client: Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)