SH 145 Cortez to Dolores – Paving Will Continue in Cortez through Next Week

August 1, 2014 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - MONTEZUMA COUNTY –Colorado Department of Transportation contractor Skanska Civil USA West Rocky Mountain District, Inc., has completed pavement milling within the Cortez city limits portion of the work zone on SH 145.

On Monday, crews will start paving to mile marker 1.4—completion of paving in the city limits will be completed Friday, August 8, weather permitting.

The Skanska project team notes that to provide the best quality of asphalt surface—which requires compaction, smoothing, and cooling—cross traffic from side streets and dwellings will be limited to emergency access only for up to 1.5 hours following paving. Motorists are encouraged to plan their travel accordingly, using alternate routes as necessary during these impacts.

Following the completion of paving in the city limits, 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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