CDOT Begins Resurfacing and Roadway Damage Repairs on SH 145 South of Telluride

April 25, 2012 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Flaggers & temporary signal will direct single-lane, alternating traffic 24/7 through early June.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a project Monday, April 30, to resurface SH 145 south of Telluride. The 11.5-mile project, contracted to United Companies for $5.4 million, involves the following:

  • Reconstruction of the roadway in two locations where a previous project addressed drainage and slope issues (with rock removal and slope stabilization above the highway); this reconstruction will be at MP 69.5 south of Mountain Village an MP 62 south of Trout Lake. Where the roadway was failing, crews will install geo-grid, a synthetic material that can be used to reinforce soils below roads or structures. Geogrid provides a stronger tension and won’t separate like soils can.
  • Resurfacing the highway from mile post (MP) 71, just south of the Telluride spur road, south to MP 59.5, at the San Miguel-Dolores county line, as pavement is badly distressed with severe cracking in places. The last time a major resurfacing was done on this pavement was in 2001. The resurfacing will reduce further deterioration of the road base by preventing moisture from penetrating through the cracks.
  • Though not part of this project, motorists will also note some final finish up work from the previous project during the first two weeks; these items include a small amount of hillside rock removal and some seeding and mulching.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: During roadway repairs described above, motorists will encounter single-lane, alternating traffic at MPs 62 and 69.5 24/7, directed by flaggers during the day and a signal at night. Once this repair work is done, likely by June 8, motorists can expect single-lane traffic during daylight hours only through the project’s completion in early October 2012.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: The public may write to [email protected] or call the project hotline at 970-209-3332. For information on other CDOT projects, call 511 or log onto (or sign up for FREE highway updates by going to and choosing the green phone icon.)