CDOT Begins Safety & Mobility Improvements in Durango

Sept. 27, 2018 - Work Set for Three Intersections on US 550 (Main Avenue)

On Monday, Oct. 1, crews will begin improving the safety and mobility of three key intersections on North Main Avenue (US Highway 550) in Durango: 17th, 22nd and 32nd streets. The project is scheduled for completion by Memorial Day 2019, with periods of winter work suspension (likely between November 2018, and March 2019, as necessary).

CDOT Begins Safety and Mobility Improvements in Durango

The project, contracted to Kirkland Construction for $3.6 million, includes signal replacement, roadway improvements and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance measures. Specifically, the intersections will be receiving the following upgrades:

  • sidewalk upgrades to meet ADA requirements at all four corners of each intersection, including ADA-compliant curb ramps;
  • drainage improvements (storm drain inlets);
  • new/upgraded pavement markings for bike lanes, bike boxes, stop bars at crosswalks;
  • at 17th, an additional sidewalk on the small island (triangle area at the east edge of Fassbinder Park) between 17th Street and West Park Avenue, providing pedestrian refuge for the longer crosswalk at this location;
  • at 22nd, replacement of existing span-wire signal with new poles and mast arms and signal heads;
  • at 32nd, full signal replacement; and
  • at 32nd, new/upgraded pavement markings between East 2nd Avenue and the intersection providing two left-turn lanes onto southbound Main Avenue, one shared through/right-turn-lane, and a small raised island at the intersection designating a free-flow right turn onto northbound Main Avenue (US 550).

Travel Impacts

  • Work hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or as daylight permits)
  • Expect lane shifts and some single-lane closures.
  • Two lanes will remain open from 7 to 9 a.m. on southbound US 550, and from 4 to 6 p.m. on northbound US 550. At least one lane will remain open in direction of US 550 all other times.

Please drive carefully through the intersection construction zones and watch for workers, equipment and pedestrians. Avoid distractions as you travel through the work areas and go slow for the Cone Zone.