Improvements on SH 145 Cortez to Dolores Begin Monday

March 27, 2014 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - MONTEZUMA COUNTY, CO – The Colorado Department of Transportation begins a project this Monday, March 31, to improve SH 145 from Cortez through the Dolores River Bridge.

The work, contracted to Skanska Civil USA West Rocky Mountain District, Inc., for $5.7 million, will be completed in mid-August.

The work zone extends from the junction with US 160 in Cortez (Mile Point 0) over the Dolores River Bridge (MP 9.4). The project will accomplish the following:   resurface the roadway, providing a leveling course to smooth the surface and correct rough roadway; patch and improve drainage in damaged areas; rehabilitate the bridge deck, including weather-proofing and new bridge rail; correct the curve at CR P; and install ADA ramps at sidewalks on SH 145 in Cortez.

The work will greatly improve highway condition and smoothness and extend the life of this stretch of roadway.

TRAVEL IMPACTS:  Crews will begin work at the Dolores River Bridge and traffic will be in a single-lane, alternating configuration 24/7 controlled with temporary signal. This is likely to last through May. Concurrently, work will begin near CR P, where there will be single-lane, alternating traffic, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (likely later as summer progresses). Future updates will be sent as the work zone changes locations.  Motorists are encouraged to review CDOT’s lane closure reports online at

PROJECT INFORMATION/COMMENTS:  (970) 882-8842 (or see lane closure link, above).

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