CDOT Recaps Northwest Colorado Construction Projects

October 12, 2012 - CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS UPDATE - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - NORTHWEST COLORADO — In the coming weeks, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be wrapping up the 2012 summer construction season in the northwest section of the state.

Many projects will be suspended during the winter months, but until winter weather prevents them from doing so, crews will continue to work on projects as long as possible.

“Crews made substantial progress on our summer projects, and will have completed some two dozen throughout the region by the time winter arrives,” said CDOT Region 3 Director David Eller. “We are proud of the hard work that has taken place over the summer to help improve and maintain our transportation system.”

Throughout northwest Colorado, more than 100 miles of highway were under construction this past summer, including dozens of projects totaling more than $100 million in contracts, and hundreds of men and women were hard at work in construction zones. CDOT reminds motorists to continue to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone.

Here is a list of major construction projects that have/will be completed or suspended for winter in CDOT’s Region 3 (Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Jackson, Lake, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Pitkin, Rio Blanco and Routt counties):

  • US 6 between Eagle and Wolcott
    Shoulder widening/resurfacing, completion in August 2012, 5 miles, $2.1 million contract amount (includes funding from Eagle County)
  • SH 14 Cameron Pass
    Slide repair work, completion by December 2012, 1 mile, $3.5 million contract
  • US 24 near California Gulch
    Bridge replacements, completion in October 2012, 1 mile, $1.3 million contract, project website:
  • US 40 Mount Harris Canyo
    Rockfall mitigation project, April through August 2012, 7 miles, $982,000 contract
  • US 40 near Hayden
    Resurfacing, completion in August 2012, 6 miles, $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
    Resurfacing, completion in November 2012, 7 miles, advertised October 2012, with construction in 2013
  • I-70 B Grand Junction, east of 24 Road
    Widening, completion in mid-November 2012, 1 mile, $8.1 million contract; call (970) 773-4537 or
  • 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 October 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 frontage road in Dotsero
    Bridge replacement, completion scheduled for winter 2013, 1 mile, $6.2 million contract, project
  • I-70/Vail Bike Path
    Resurfacing/drainage improvements, completion in October 2012, 9 miles, $875,000 contract
  • I-70 between Dotsero and Gypsum
    Safety improvements/resurfacing, completion in September 2012, 9 miles, $8.7 million contract
  • SH 82 Aspen
    Signal improvements, completed in June 2012, 3.5 miles, $675,000 contract; (970) 773-3457 or at[email protected].
  • SH 82 Basalt East
    Resurfacing/signal improvements, completion in October 2012, 9 miles, $6.9 million contract
  • SH 125 in Walden
    Bridge replacement, completion in December 2012, 1 mile, $1.5 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
  • SH 133 McClure Pass
    Culvert replacement near top of pass, completion by November 2, $373,000 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.