Highway in Harmony with Its Environment

by Cade L. Benson, Asst. Chf. Engr.; International Engrg. Co., Inc., Denver, Colo.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 9, Pg. 56-59

Document Type: Feature article


The Vail Pass portion of Interstate 70 in Colorado is developing into a masterpiece of modern highway; designed and built to blend into a scenic mountain environment. The consultant's environmental guidelines book is so good that the state is distributing it for use in all such high mountain locations. The 19 bridges, including piers, were prefabricated partly due to remoteness and partly to minimize site disturbance. Landslide areas created interesting landscaping problems and required a brand new precast retaining wall design.

Subject Headings: Highways and roads | Highway and road design | Bridge design | Mountains | Consulting services | Environmental issues | Freight transportation | Bridges | Colorado | United States

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