CDOT Continues Setting Barrier on US 550 South of Durango after Rockfall Event - Inside Northbound Lane to Remain Closed Into Spring

February 18, 2016 - Southwestern Colorado - LA PLATA COUNTY - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews have finished moving rock debris following the rockfall incident that occurred early on February 14, 10 miles south of Durango on Bondad Hill.

They have moved the material up against the rock face to further armor the hillside in preparation for more freeze/thaw conditions this spring. As a result, CDOT is currently setting some 700 feet of concrete barrier along the northbound inside lane, effectively closing it off until after spring run-off. Two lanes of travel will remain open along this three-lane section.

CDOT is now working with a rockfall contractor who has designed further mitigation for the area. Further information about the cost and scope of this work will be known and reported next week.

TRAVEL IMPACTS:  Likely into early next week, motorists can expect single-lane, alternating travel while crews set barrier between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDOT crews greatly appreciate motorists’ patience and attentive driving while this work is underway.

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CDOT maintenance workers scale the mountainside to bring down additional loose rock over the past few days; these photos are posted on CDOT’s Facebook page.