August 1, 2016 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Paving on US 24 Trout Creek Pass Pushed to August 8

Progress Continues for Passing/Climbing Lane Project

CHAFFEE COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced today that paving operations on US Highway 24 Trout Creek Pass have been postponed to Monday, August 8.

Mario Jimenez, Project Manager with contractor, Tezak Heavy Equipment, Inc. said, “The project team has decided that it would be best for the traveling public to push back the paving schedule to Monday.  This should help with the increased traffic which the town of Buena Vista is anticipating due to the music festival taking place this weekend (Aug. 5-7).”

Ed Archuleta, CDOT Program Engineer added, “We wish to express our thanks to Tezak for their cooperation with the festival and its attendees. The project contract does not demand this event accommodation. We appreciate the contractor’s flexibility.”  

The paving work east of Johnson Village at mile points (MP) 217.5 to 218.44, (and only this portion of work on the project) is expected to be completed in approximately ten working days, pending any weather delays. 

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Travelers are advised that once paving operations to get underway on Aug. 8, significant delays will be encountered. Travelers are also warned that other road construction (east of Trout Creek) in Park County, at the junction of US 24 and US 285, will compound the effect of traffic delays. Alternate routes are strongly advised. Motorists at Trout Creek, both east and westbound, will be routed to one-lane, alternating traffic by flaggers from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. A 40 MPH speed reduction and a 13’ width lane restriction will be enforced through the construction zone.

The US 24 Trout Creek Passing/Climbing Lane Project is a two site job:

  • Site 1 begins at MP 217.5 and ends at MP 218.44. Work consists of the construction of passing/climbing lanes on the westbound lane, where the current paving work will happen.

  • Site 2 begins at MP 221.73 and ends at MP 222.64. Work consists of the construction of passing/climbing lanes on the eastbound lane along with culvert work on the north side of the highway. Work continues at Site 2 on the shoulder areas, with speed reductions of 40 MPH through the construction zone.

The completion date for the entire project is anticipated to be in December 2016.

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