CDOT Has Safety Improvements Underway on CO 145 at CR P North of Cortez

October 1, 2015 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - MONTEZUMA COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation has a $1.6 million project underway to improve the safety on Colorado Highway 145 at County Road P (mile point 4.1), about four miles north of Cortez.

The work, contracted to Old Castle SW, Inc., began September 8 and is funded through a RAMP* partnership with Montezuma County, who contributed $83,000 to the project.

With an end date of November 20, 2015, this project constructs left-turn lanes for north- and southbound CO 145 travelers turning onto CR P, enabling motorists to get into designated turn pockets as they wait for a safe opportunity to turn. Also, crews will construct a southbound deceleration lane on CO 145, which will give motorists turning right onto westbound CR P a safer opportunity to slow down and make their turn, out of the way of through traffic. Minor widening will be done to accommodate these additional turn lanes.

“An average 6,300 vehicles per day travel this stretch of CO 145, many commuting to and from work each day,” CDOT Region 5 Program Engineer Ed Archuleta said. “Given the limited site distance for motorists at this intersection, these turn lanes will add great safety benefits. We appreciate being able to partner with Montezuma County on this work.”

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Motorists can expect single-lane, alternating travel from 30 minutes after sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset, Monday through Friday, with up to 15 minute delays. The work is scheduled for completion by November 20. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!

PROJECT INFORMATION:  For project information or to speak to a project representative, please call Old Castle’s project information line at (970) 247-2172. For updated information on all CDOT projects, the public can log onto and check Travel Alerts or Road Work  updates (as not all road work will be listed in “Travel Alerts.” To sign up for CDOT updates on projects in your chosen area, visit CDOT’s website at and choose the envelope icon at the bottom of the page. Or, to see CDOT’s lane closure reports for projects statewide, visit A brief on all upcoming projects (titled “Traffic Watchers”) in CDOT’s Region 5 (SW Colorado) is posted here: project updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” us on Facebook. Download the free CDOT Mobile for information regarding the I-70 and I-25 corridors by texting “CDOT” to 25827 or search CDOT Mobile in your App Store. 

*This state-local partnership project will receive funding from RAMP, Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships towards the approximately $1.6 million in safety improvements (total cost estimate, design through construction). RAMP is better coordinating project expenditures and available funding. Under the RAMP program, CDOT will fund multi-year and partnership 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: