Blasting Set to Begin on Highway 119 Project

March 8, 2011 - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - GILPIN COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins blasting operations on the State Highway (SH) 119 reconstruction project at the south end of Black Hawk this week.

On Thursday, March 10, beginning at about 6 a.m., northbound and southbound SH 119 will be closed to traffic for approximately 20 minutes to allow for initial blasting work.  Operations include removing loose rocks from the hillside and clearing debris from the roadway.

Following Thursday’s work, blasting operations will resume next Monday (March 14), and continue to take place on weekdays for the next several weeks, shortly after sunrise (6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., due to daylight saving time), with 20 minute traffic stops.  All blasting work will be completed by 9 a.m. each day.

During non-blasting hours, delays up to 10 minutes can be expected, from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Current information regarding traffic impacts is available by calling the project hotline at (303) 730-4522.  The weekly lane closures also are listed on the CDOT Web site at:

The project, which begins at the south end of Black Hawk and continues south approximately ½ mile, involves widening SH 119 from two to four lanes.  It is scheduled for completion in summer 2012.  Additional information is available at