Traffic Switch to Permanent Roundabout on SH 145 Telluride Project

August 22, 2013 - PROJECT UPDATE - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - TELLURIDE – During the week of August 25, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor Williams Construction will shift traffic from the current temporary roundabout onto the newly completed permanent roundabout on State Highway (SH) 145 near Telluride.

Construction of the temporary roundabout allowed motorists to remain on paved roadway throughout construction of the project, and impacts to traffic have been minimal. To date, the project is about 40 percent complete. Once traffic has been switched to the permanent configuration, crews will remove the temporary detour and begin constructing a permanent segment that will become part of the west approach to the roundabout (inbound from Placerville). During this second phase of construction, traffic will utilize a temporary frontage road for the west side of the roundabout.  Other elements of this stage of construction include lighting, landscaping and drainage.

TRAVEL IMPACTS - Motorists can expect flaggers for construction vehicles moving in and out of the project from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Speeds will continue to be reduced to 25 miles per hour, and there will be traffic stops in all directions with a maximum 15-minute wait.  Saturday work may take place throughout the remainder of construction from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no work over the Labor Day weekend or during the Blues and Brews Festival (September 13-15).

The total cost of the project is approximately $3.56 million, with $900,000 coming from Telluride, $1.03 million for safety improvements from Colorado FASTER,* and the remainder from state and federal sources. The work is contracted to Williams Construction of Norwood.  The project is scheduled for completion in October 2013.

For travel information, questions or comments, contact the project information office by calling 970-325-2244 or by sending an email to [email protected]GET WIRELESS NOTIFICATIONS: If you would like to receive e-mail and/or wireless notifications for this (and other) CDOT projects, please go to CDOT’s web site at and select the green phone icon in the upper right corner; go to projects and sign up for the sh145tellurideroundabout list to receive messages. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!

*FASTER (Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery) was established by the Colorado General assembly via Senate Bill 09-108 to fund the repair of Colorado’s structurally deficient bridges and make safety improvements to Colorado’s key corridors.