CDOT Repairs Section of SH 139 on Douglas Pass Next Week

October 26, 2012 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - MESA/GARFIELD COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance section in Grand Junction has contracted a repair project to stabilize a damaged section of SH 139 on the north side of Douglas Pass.

Starting Tuesday, October 30, and lasting through Friday, November 9 (weather dependent), the project will involve construction of a soil-nail retaining wall below the highway’s southbound lane between mile markers 36 and 37. This involves the contractor inserting 20-foot long nails horizontally into the hillside below the highway in an area that is about 180 feet long and 10 feet tall. Then, the nails inserted in this area will be connected—and covered—with a concrete mixture, creating a rock-like retaining wall for stabilization of the slope. The work will be completed by GeoStabilization, Inc., (with offices in Grand Junction) for approximately $120,000.

Last year, CDOT and GSI completed a similar soil-nail wall and highway repair project on a section of SH 139 south of the summit.

TRAVEL IMPACTS – During the work, the highway will reduced to a single lane, with alternating travel between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists are urged to drive with extra caution and go Slow for the Cone Zone!

For information on road conditions, the public may log on to or call 511 from anywhere in the state. To sign up for FREE e-mail and/or wireless updates to road conditions in any chosen area, go to CDOT’s web site and choose the green phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.