CDOT Begins Chip Seal Process on SH 62 West Dallas Divide

June 20, 2014 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Single-lane, alternating traffic and daytime travel delays. (Date Changed)

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation begins a project next Monday, June 30, to apply a chip seal surface to SH 62 on the west side of Dallas Divide. Intermountain Slurry Seal was contracted for $335,000 to complete the work.

The project will chip seal the section of highway from MP 0 at Placerville towards the summit of Dallas Divide (MP 5).

“A chip seal is a preventative maintenance treatment that extends the life of a roadway surface that is in good/fair condition,” CDOT Region 5 Resident Engineer Mike Coggins said. “Chip seals fit right into our Asset Management Program. We all manage assets, such as our cars. We change the oil and make minor repairs so that we can avoid the costlier purchase of a new car. By chip sealing, we’re saving costs by maintaining CDOT’s assets, in this case the State Highway 62 roadway surface.”

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Motorists can expect a single lane, alternating traffic and delays that will vary with summer traffic queues until July 2. Then, after the “fog coat” protective sealant has cured (which takes about seven days) crews will return to restripe the new roadway with longer-lasting epoxy paint—this should take place sometime between July 7-9 (with traffic slowing). IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PAINT ON VEHICLES: Travelers should not attempt to pass the striping truck and cross over fresh epoxy paint, as this will damage their vehicle’s finish. Please drive/ride with patience during striping operations; the striping truck will pull over when possible to allow traffic queues to clear. Also note that because the aggregate stock pile is located further up the pass, at MP 9, traffic will be impacted somewhat in that location as well, as trucks enter and exit the highway.

PROJECT INFORMATION: For information about this project or to leave a message, call the project information line at (970) 254-3288. CDOT projects statewide, log on to or call 511 from anywhere in the state. To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Information about weekly lane closures will be available at