CDOT’s southwest guardrail upgrades move to new sites in La Plata, Archuleta counties

April 3, 2019 - Southwestern Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor Cruz Construction, Inc. of Colorado Springs will begin upgrading roadside guardrail along several stretches of state highway in La Plata and Archuleta counties over the next several weeks. The project, which began on Monday, March 18, has already replaced several sections of guardrail on CO 141 in San Miguel and Montrose counties.

Work includes guardrail removal and replacement, as well as erosion control and shoulder work along various sections of four state/US highways in Montrose, San Miguel, La Plata and Archuleta counties. Work is expected to be accomplished in the following order, through April 29, weather permitting:

  • CO 141, various sections between mileposts 18.4 and 89, from Slickrock in San Miguel County to just south of the Montrose/Mesa county line (COMPLETED)

  • US 550, various sections between mileposts 3.5 and 3.8, in La Plata County, just north of the New Mexico state line (MARCH 28 through APRIL 5, WEATHER PERMITTING)

  • CO 151, various sections between mileposts 16.2 and 18.6, in Archuleta County at Arboles (APRIL 3 through LATE-APRIL, WEATHER PERMITTING)

  • CO 172, various sections between 11.8 and 22.5, in La Plata County, between Ignacio and the junction with US 160 in Durango (Beginning MID-APRIL WEATHER PERMITTING)

The Colorado Department of Transportation contracted the work to Cruz Construction for $588,125.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Through the project’s completion by April 29, 2019, motorists can single-lane, alternating travel where work zones exist, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motorists are urged to drive with care through the intersection construction zones and watch for workers and equipment. Please avoid distractions as you travel through the work areas and go “Slow for the Cone Zone!”

PROJECT INFORMATION: Those with questions or comments may call the project information line at (970) 317-8636 or email the project team at [email protected]. The project web site is


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!