Excavation on State Highway 14 to Require Detour on Cameron Pass

July 6, 2012 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 and Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Beginning Monday, July 9, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be routing traffic to a detour on State Highway (SH) 14 over Cameron Pass to allow for excavation work on the south side of the highway.

As part of the work, crews will be excavating soil to determine what is causing the hillside to slip in the area. Concrete barriers will be in place to isolate the traveling public from the excavation site.

During the work during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, flaggers will be present to direct traffic and motorists will experience 10 minute delays, as the highway will be reduced to one lane for all eastbound and westbound traffic. From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. a traffic signal will direct traffic safely and motorists should still plan for 10 minute delays. It is unknown at this time how long the traffic signal and detour will be necessary, since crews have not yet uncovered the cause of the hillside slip.

The speed limit for the pass will be reduced 25 MPH and CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone. Fines will be doubled for most infractions that occur in the work zone.

Work has been underway since August 2011 on the west side of Cameron Pass near the town of Gould. Emergency repairs became necessary when melting snowpack deteriorated a 600-foot stretch of hillside. To stabilize the slope, crews removed the existing soil and replaced it with dense Styrofoam blocks.   

Duckels Construction, Inc. is the contractor for this $2.5 million project. Questions about the project can be directed to Stacy Spector at 970-723-3756.