Reducing the Risk of Rockfall on SH 145 Norwood Hill

October 5, 2010 - PROJECT UPDATE – HOLIDAY WORK SUSPENSION - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – Work is progressing well on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s rockfall mitigation project on SH 145 on Norwood Hill.

The rockfall mitigation work was contracted to Midwest Rockfall, Inc., of Denver for $1.78 million. The project began on July 12 and completion is set for November 16, 2010.

The remainder of the project includes installing rock bolts for reinforcing, hanging rockfall wire mesh/netting, guardrail repair and asphalt patching.

CURRENT TRAVEL IMPACTS:  Motorists will encounter single-lane, alternating traffic between 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. There will be no weekend work. Motorists will also encounter full traffic holds of up to 30 minutes during work hours; delay times will vary depending upon traffic volumes.  During morning traffic, delays will be kept to minimum to allow employees and students get to their destination on time. (Access for emergency vehicles through the work area is planned for.)

There will be no construction work on October 8 through October 11. Regular working hours and delays will continue on Tuesday, October 12.

Blasting will no longer be used as part of this project. Boulders were reduced in size on site without the need of blasting, therefore there are no one-hour delays scheduled for the remainder of the project.

For information on this project, the public may call Midwest Rockfall, Inc.’s Public Information Manager Filiberto Marquez, at (970) 462-1529. (For information on other CDOT projects statewide, the public may log on to or call 511.) Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!