Alamosa Alert: CDOT to Replace Culverts on CO 17 north of Alamosa

April 3, 2019 - Southwestern Colorado - Motorists advised to watch for lane shifts

ALAMOSA ― The Colorado Department of Transportation will perform culvert work on Colorado Highway 17 just north of Alamosa next week. The work, scheduled for April 8-12, will take place approximately 1.5 miles north of US Highway 160/Santa Fe Drive. Crews will remove aged culverts and install two new 30" corrugated metal culverts that set side by side and run across CO 17 at Maddux Ditch just north of the Splash Land Swimming Pool.


Traffic on CO 17, both northbound and southbound, will be maintained throughout the duration of the project. However, motorists should be aware of lane shifts through the work zone.  Brief periodic closures may occur while equipment is being mobilized. Travelers are urged to watch for workers and heavy equipment and are advised that traffic control devices will remain in place overnight during the week-long project.


The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones; obey the posted speed limits.

  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.

  • Watch for workers; drive with caution.

  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.

  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.

  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.

  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.

  • Anticipate lane shifts, and merge when directed to do so.

  • Be Patient!



CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees in regional offices throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and airports, and administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated inter-regional express service. Colorado Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s inter-modal mobility options.