SH 92 Resurfacing Begins Next Week

July 27, 2011 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Section east of Crawford (Blue Mesa area) to receive chip seal surface; motorists cautioned to drive slowly through work zone.

MONTROSE COUNTY – Next week, Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews will chip seal a section of SH 92, about 30 miles east of Crawford (near the Blue Mesa dam). 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.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Motorists can expect single-lane, alternating traffic between mile posts 62 and 68 between 7 A.M. and 8 P.M., Tuesday through Thursday, weather permitting. (On Monday, crews will begin setting up traffic control but no impacts are expected.) Motorists may encounter travel delays of up to 15 minutes, depending upon traffic volumes. The speed limit through the Blue Mesa area is 35 mph, so no reduction will be set. The roadway will be fully swept on Thursday. Before this occurs, motorists are cautioned that the presence of loose rock in the construction zone is unavoidable in chip seal operations—it is considered a road hazard under Colorado law. Drivers are urged to travel slowly and maintain a safe following distance through the work zone.

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