CDOT Upgrading Traveler Information Signs Along Some Highways

May 4, 2012 - PROJECT UPDATE TELLURIDE AREA - Statewide Transportation Plan - GARFIELD, GRAND, HUERFANO, MESA, MOFFAT, PITKIN, SUMMIT, AND SAN MIGUEL COUNTIES —The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) continues its project—begun in February—to improve communications with travelers throughout the state by upgrading Intelligent Transportation Systems on several area highways by installing new electronic variable message signs (VMS) in multiple locations.

Since 2006, CDOT has been upgrading its VMSs so they have the ability to utilize wireless and fiber optic networks, and has also been replacing signs that are not compatible with current technologies or have reached the end of their usable lives.

Improvements have been or are being made to VMS boards and structures at the following locations:

  • Grand and Moffat counties:
    • Eastbound US 40 near Craig at mile marker 92
    • Eastbound US 40 near Steamboat Springs at mile marker 137
    • Westbound US 40 near Muddy Pass at mile marker 156
    • Southbound SH 13 south of Craig at mile marker 87
  • Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, and San Miguel counties:
    • Westbound I-70 near Palisade at mile marker 43
    • Eastbound I-70 near Cameo at mile marker 44
    • Westbound State Highway 82 near the Aspen Airport at mile marker 37
    • Southbound State Highway 145 near Telluride at mile marker 71
    • Eastbound US 50 near Whitewater at mile marker 40
  • Huerfano and Summit counties:
    • Westbound US 160 near Walsenburg at mile marker 304
    • Southbound State Highway 91 near Copper Mountain at mile marker 21



Impact:  Southbound SH 145 at mile point 71.24 (northwest of Telluride):  acceleration lane closure

Time:  Monday May 7-8, 2012 – 9:00am – 4:00pm acceleration lane closure

Purpose:  Caisson drilling (48” diameter - 29’depth); conduit/directional bore; VMS removal


Glaser Electric Company, LLC, based in Englewood, is the contractor and responsible for the $2.3 million project. All improvements are expected to be complete in August 2012.

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