Another Resurfacing Project to Improve Highway Condition in San Luis Valley

May 12, 2011 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Work on US 285 south of Alamosa to wrap up in a few weeks.

ALAMOSA/CONEJOS COUNTIES – A Colorado Department of Transportation project is underway to resurface a 10.5-mile stretch of US 285 between Alamosa and La Jara. Contractor Elam Construction of Grand Junction is completing the work, which was contracted for $3.9 million. (Elam Construction has recently completed three other resurfacing projects in the San Luis Valley that received top ratings for pavement smoothness.)

According to CDOT’s Pavement Management System, which rates the condition of all state highways across Colorado, this stretch of US 285 was rated in “Poor” condition and at the end of its “service life.” The highway will receive three inches of new asphalt during the project. In 2008, CDOT resurfaced the 22-mile section of US 285 from the New Mexico state line to La Jara.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: The speed limit is reduced during work hours. From Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 7 PM, and on Friday’s from 7 AM to 3 PM, motorists can expect single-lane, alternating traffic through the work zone and some delays. There will be no work on weekends or holidays. The project is expected to wrap up by early June, if not sooner. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!

The public may call the project hotline with questions or comments at (719) 480-1440; For information about other CDOT projects statewide, the public may log onto or call 511. Better yet, log onto CDOT’s web site at and sign up to receive FREE e-mail or wireless text messages about road conditions in your chosen area.