CDOT to begin Chip Seal Project near Purgatory Resort

May 26, 2016 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - LA PLATA COUNTY, CO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin a chip seal project on US 550 between Purgatory Resort and the San Juan County line (MM 48-50) next week, Tuesday, May 31.

The two-week preventative maintenance project is expected to be completed by June 13. The first week of construction will consist of the application of emulsion oil and the embedding of half-inch aggregate. The following week crews will apply an emulsion fog seal (a top coat of oil to the new surface) and new striping for the roadway.

CDOT maintenance foreman Vance Kelso said the purpose of the work will be to repair the road surface and correct pavement and lane markings, “The old striping, which is making itself visible, can cause confusion for motorists, especially in rainy conditions or with the sunlight during certain times of the day.”

CDOT constructed a new lane alignment and striping at the US 550 location a few months ago, but the road surface has worn down revealing the old striping.

“This project will extend the lifespan of the road surface by ten years,” added Kelso “and the new striping will help improve safety and visibility for drivers.”

Motorists should expect single-lane alternating traffic with up to 15 minute delays during working hours (Monday through Friday during daylight hours). Pilot cars will be used to guide traffic through the work zone. Motorists are advised to adhere to posted speed limits to reduce the likelihood of windshield damage, and motorcyclists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling through the work zone.

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