CDOT Announces 2012 Construction Projects for Northwest Colorado

May 8, 2012 - UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has officially kicked off the 2012 construction season in northwest Colorado.

While there are many projects that started last year and were suspended for the winter until recently, there are—and will—be many new projects getting started throughout the summer.

“We will have a significant number of much-needed projects underway this summer in our region of the state,” said CDOT Region 3 Director David Eller. “Altogether, we will have more than 100 miles of highway under construction in dozens of projects totaling more than $100 million in contracts, and hundreds of men and women hard at work in construction zones. We have worked diligently to secure funding for highway improvements that will not only create better travel experiences for motorists, but will also help improve our existing roadways, better facilitate travel throughout the state, and make our highways safer.”

CDOT reminds motorists to please obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone.

Here is a list of major construction projects that will be underway this summer/fall in CDOT’s Region 3 (Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Jackson, Lake, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Routt counties:

  • SH 14 Cameron Pass: Slide repair work, completion in summer 2012, 1 mile, $3.5 million contract
  • US 24 north of Leadville: Culvert replacement/shouldering, completion in October 2012, 1 mile, contract not yet awarded
  • US 24 near California Gulch: Bridge replacements, completion in October 2012, 1 mile, contract not yet awarded
  • US 40 near Hayden: Resurfacing, completion in August 2012, 6 miles, $3.7 million contract
  • US 50 Whitewater West & East: Resurfacing, late May through August 2012, 6 miles from Whitewater west (MP 36 to 42.2) and spot resurfacing over an 18-mile area from Mesa/Delta County line east towards Delta (MP 50 to 68), $3.7 million contract
  • US 50 Delta to Olathe and Montrose to Cerro Summit: Chip Seal Resurfacing, July through August 2012, 7 miles near Olathe and 8 miles near Montrose, $1.4 million contract
  • US 50 West of Montrose:  Slide repair, May through August 2012, 5 miles, $2.9 million contract
  • US 50 West of Blue Mesa Reservoir: Major reconstruction/widening to three lanes, fall 2012 to fall 2013 with winter suspension, 7 miles, contract not yet awarded
  • US 50 West of Blue Mesa Reservoir: Resurfacing, completion in November 2012, 7 miles, contract not yet awarded
  • I-70 B Grand Junction, east of 24 Road:  Widening, completion in October 2012, 1 mile, $8.1 million contract; call (970) 773-4537 or e-mail
  • I-70 east of Mack: Resurfacing, completion in November 2012, 4.5 miles, $9.5 million contract
  • I-70 West Parachute:  New interchange construction, completion in August 2012, $8.1 million contract (includes funding from the Town of Parachute, Garfield County, Battlement Mesa Company and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, as well as the gas production companies of Encana and Williams); call (970) 414-0611 or send an email to [email protected]
  • I-70 Glenwood Canyon: Concrete highway reconstruction, completed May 4, 2012, 7 miles, $2.7 million contract
  • I-70 between Dotsero and Gypsum: Safety improvements/resurfacing, completion in September 2012, 9 miles, $8.7 million contract, project website:
  • I-70/Vail Bike Path: Resurfacing/drainage improvements, completion in October 2012, 9 miles, contract not yet awarded
  • SH 82 Aspen :  Signal improvements, completion by June 2012, 3.5 miles, $675,000 contract; (970) 773-3457 or at [email protected].
  • SH 82 Basalt East: Resurfacing/signal improvements, June through October 2012, 9 miles, $6.9 million contract
  • SH 125 in Walden: Bridge replacement, completion in December 2012, 1 mile, $2.1 million contract
  • SH 131 south of Steamboat Springs: Safety improvements project, completion by November 2012, 3 miles, $6.9 million contract
  • SH 133 McClure Pass: Rockfall mitigation, completion in November 2012, 6.5 miles, $3.5 million contract

To help motorists plan ahead, CDOT offers an e-mail and text message service to provide updates on road conditions, construction projects and other CDOT news. Signing up to receive updates is easy and free (standard text messaging rates apply) and can be completed in three simple steps:

  1. Visit our website at and click on the icon in upper right corner entitled “Sign up for Email and Wireless Alerts.”
  2. Enter your e-mail address, decide if you want your account password protected, and if you want to receive e-mail, text alerts or both (not all updates are available as text alerts).
  3. First time subscribers are then presented with a list of all subscription items available. All you have to do is select the updates you want to receive and hit “Submit.”

Travelers can also call 511 from anywhere in the state, or log onto to view CDOT’s lane closure reports.