Additional State Highway 3 rock fall work next week requires one-lane traffic

April 17, 2015 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - DURANGO – The south end of State Highway 3 in Durango will be under one-lane, alternating traffic control next week to enable crews to install additional rock fall protection.

The contractor, TK Construction, has wrapped up rock fall work south of Telluride and—as anticipated and announced last season—will now return to place additional cable nets on the rock slope above SH 3. Final lane striping will also be installed next week.

After the morning commute on Monday, south SH 3 will be under one-lane traffic control from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. between US 160/550 and Sawmill Road (south). Minor delays are expected while traffic alternates between directions. The work should not require any full traffic holds. Weather permitting, all work is anticipated to be complete by the end of the day, Friday, April 24.

The Carbon Junction Trailhead and parking area will be open during construction.

The full project—contracted to TK Construction for $1.56 million*—also included rock fall mitigation on SH 145 just south of Telluride. The SH 145 work is complete today.

Questions? Comments? The best way to stay up to date on CDOT project progress and impacts is to sign up for email and wireless (text) alerts. Go to CDOT’s web site at, click on the green cell phone icon in the center of the page and select ‘SH 3 Durango Rockfall’ under the ‘Projects’ list.

If you have questions or concerns, please call the project information line (970-729-0790) or send an email to [email protected].

*This safety project is receiving funding from RAMP, Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships. RAMP is better coordinating project expenditures and available funding. Under the RAMP program, CDOT will fund multi-year projects based on year of expenditure, rather than saving for the full amount of a project before construction begins. For more information, including a list of RAMP project requests, please see our website: