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

June 7, 2012 - PROJECT UPDATE - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Paving to begin June 11, adding a second work zone during the day.

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – Work is progressing on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s repair and resurfacing project on SH 145 south of Telluride. To date, crews have been repairing the first of two damaged roadway sections—this one near Mountain Village. Highway resurfacing will begin on June 11. Here is what the project entails and what motorists can expect:

  • 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). Where the roadway is failing, crews are installing 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.

TRAVEL IMPACTS:  Repair work is currently at MP 69.5 south of Mountain Village and will continue through June 26. Work at second location, MP 62 south of Trout Lake, will get underway June 26 and will continue through July 23. During the duration of work in these two areas, motorists will encounter single-lane, alternating traffic 24/7, directed by flaggers during the day and a signal at night.

  • Resurfacing the highway will begin June 11 from mile post (MP) 71, just south of the Telluride spur road, and continue south to MP 59.5, at the San Miguel-Dolores county line. 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.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Motorists can expect single-lane traffic during daylight hours only through the project’s completion in early October 2012.

The 11.5-mile project, contracted to United Companies for $5.4 million, began on April 30.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS: The public may write to [email protected]

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