Major Resurfacing Underway on US 550 South of Montrose

June 16, 2011 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Single-lane, alternating traffic through work zone.

MONTROSE COUNTY  – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has a project underway to resurface a section of US 550 highway south of Montrose (from MP 126 near Chipeta Road south to MP 117 at Colona).  The work, contracted to United Companies of Grand Junction for $4.5 million, will greatly improve the condition of this nine-mile stretch, which has not seen a major resurfacing in more than 10 years.

Through the project’s completion in mid-August, crews will be recycling the top two inches of the asphalt surface and laying the rejuvenated material back down. Then, 1.5 inches of new asphalt will overlay the recycled material. The asphalt recycling process reduces reflective cracking up into the top layer of asphalt, thereby extending the life of this new surface.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Flagging crews are directing single-lane, alternating traffic through the work zone between 7 AM and 8 PM, Monday through Friday (with the exception of the extended July 4 holiday weekend). Motorists will encounter 10 to 15 minute delays, depending upon traffic volumes. Drivers are urged to go Slow for the Cone Zone!

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