Mission Critical assisted the Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company pursuit team on the $18.85M I-70 Edwards Spur Road Phase II CMGC project for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Mission Critical worked with Ralph L. Wadsworth (RLW) to pursue this two-stage Colorado civil infrastructure alternative delivery project and ultimately placed the team on the shortlist amid a competitive field of submitters. The awarded Phase II project will include road and bridge widening to add a travel lane in each direction, 1-2 pedestrian bridges, installation of a roundabout at a significant intersection and pedestrian mobility improvements to increase safety.
Running east to west across the state through Denver, Interstate 70 (I-70) serves as the primary transportation corridor through Eagle County and much of Colorado. US Highway 6 (US 6) near Edwards, CO is a primary connector running parallel to I-70 from Dotsero to Dowd Canyon. The intersection of US 6 and I-70 experiences heavy congestion during both the morning and evening rush hours; this traffic is forecasted to worsen in the coming years. This busy intersection already has higher than average accident rates that will be exacerbated by increased traffic. The current traffic projections indicate that the existing intersection configuration will fail within approximately 10 years, therefore Eagle County and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have determined that this section of roadway requires improvements to guard against that forecasted failure.
The design effort will follow CDOT’s “I-70 Mountain Corridor Context Sensitive Solutions” process, which incorporates public outreach and open houses to solicit input. Phase I of the Edwards Spur Road improvements, constructed in 2011, improved the northern half of Spur Road, which includes the construction of four new roundabouts as well as improved connections with the I-70 on and off-ramps. This procurement is for Phase II of this project which aims to improve the southern half of Spur Road, starting north of the roadway bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) where the Phase I work was completed.
RLW assembled a young, knowledgeable team of experts to pursue this alternative delivery civil infrastructure project with Mission Critical as their Pursuit Manager. Together, the Mission Critical / RLW team developed an excellent Statement of Qualifications outlining RLW’s strengths as a CMGC partner for CDOT and their innovative approaches to meeting project goals on this highway improvements project through the center of a busy mixed-use hub.