SH 145 Cortez to Dolores – Work Resumes, Paving Now Underway

July 22, 2014 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - MONTEZUMA COUNTY –Colorado Department of Transportation contractor Skanska Civil USA West Rocky Mountain District, Inc., has resumed work on SH 145 from Cortez to the Dolores River Bridge, following a several week suspension.


The resurfacing is now underway and the first section to be completed is that within Cortez city limits. Crews are milling the top layer of the existing asphalt surface in the section between mile point 0 (at US 160) and  MP 1.5; then, likely starting this Friday, will begin paving this section with two layers of asphalt (please note, this means that there will be some rough road in this area over the weekend).

Once milling and paving in the city limits wraps up, likely by August 1, crews will begin paving the entire stretch of SH 145 to the Dolores River Bridge (MP 9.4). Again, the resurfacing will involve two layers of asphalt (there will be two full passes of the paving truck on each lane); details of this paving schedule will be sent next week.

PROJECT DETAILS: The project, contracted to Skanska for $5.7 million, began in late March and is scheduled for completion by late August 2014. The work 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.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Motorists can expect single-lane, alternating traffic, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., reduced speeds and delays of up to 15 minutes, depending upon traffic volumes. Motorists are encouraged to review CDOT’s lane closure reports online at


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