Highway 24 Construction Status Update

How much longer will it be before things return to normal on a busy stretch of Highway 24?

11 News caught up with CDOT project managers about the culvert project status.

Crews have been working since February to install a giant culvert to prevent water and debris from getting onto the highway. The culvert will be 10 times larger than the existing one, which proved unable to handle the deluge of rain last summer.

To install the culvert, workers have had to tear up the highway, resulting in lane closures and significant traffic delays during high volume hours. CDOT had initially estimated completing the installation by April.

Project Manager Rich Gonser says crews are behind schedule, but "on target." Right now, workers are about halfway through the project. He says he doesn't think they'll have a problem hitting the April 30 deadline.

Gonser says the only real snags that they've hit in this project so far are some large boulders that they've come across while excavating those new culverts.

CDOT wants to get the project done before the summer rainstorms start--and before the busy Memorial Day travel weekend.