Highway 350 Improvement Project Underway Today

July 17, 2014 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - LAS ANIMAS COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is beginning work upgrading a 25 mile segment of U.S. 350 between Trinidad and La Junta.

Work consists of rotomilling, paving and chip sealing the highway, beginning 13 miles northeast of Trinidad and continuing east of Thatcher five miles.

Beginning today, flaggers are alternating one lane of traffic through the work zone between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Delays up to 10 minutes should be expected.  The speed limit also is reduced to 45 mph during work hours.

Bridge decks also will be rehabilitated at Lunning Arroyo, and over two dry creek channels.

CDOT is combining asphalt and chip seal to maximize the surface improvements.  The highway will be paved with asphalt to repair the roadway’s base, then chip sealed for the smoothest possible surface.

Chip seal operations are expected to begin in early to mid-September, with a pilot car alternating traffic through the work zone.

“When we begin chip sealing, drivers will need to slow down because there will be small, loose rocks on the roadway,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Joe DeHeart.  “But, the highway will be much smoother when we’re done and its surface life extended significantly.”

A & S Construction Co. of Caňon City, CO is the contractor for the $4.7 million project.  It is scheduled for completion in October 2014.

Additional information is available by calling the project hotline at 1-888-759-6197, and selecting option two.

Traffic information about this or other CDOT projects is on the cotrip.org website, by calling 511 or via subscription e-mail.  To subscribe, please visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.  The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including Southeast Colorado (Everything East of I-25 and South of I-70).