SH 145 Resurfacing Begins Next Week

July 15, 2011 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Section north of Dolores to receive chip seal surface; motorists cautioned to drive slowly through work zone.

DOLORES – Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews will chip seal a section of SH 145 north of Dolores next week. A chip seal is done as a preventative maintenance measure to extend the life of pavement that is in fairly good condition. The operation fills minor cracks and prevents oxidation of the asphalt, enabling it to maintain its flexibility.

The four-mile project, located between MP 12 (about a half-mile north of town limits) and MP 16, will be underway Tuesday, July 19, through Thursday, July 21, weather permitting.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Motorists can expect single-lane, alternating traffic, reduced speed limits and travel delays of approximately 20 minutes, depending upon traffic volumes. While crews will sweep the roadway each night, the presence of loose rock in the construction zone is unavoidable in chip seal operations, and is considered a road hazard under Colorado law. Please travel slowly and maintain a safe following distance through the work zone. Those entering the highway via a driveway within the work zone will do so with the assistance of a pilot car.

CDOT crews greatly appreciate motorists’ patience during this brief maintenance project. Thank you for going “Slow for the Cone Zone!” To get information about other CDOT projects, the public may call 511, log onto CDOT’s traveler information site at or sign up to receive e-mails or text messages via CDOT’s web site at