Re-striping Operations to take place throughout CDOT’s Region 5, Southwest & South-Central Colorado

April 16, 2019 - Southwest and South-Central Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has started a project to re-stripe faded pavement markings throughout Region 5, southwest and south-central Colorado.  The contractor selected for this $1,629,025 project is Innovative Marking Systems, Inc. of Grand Junction. Re-striping operations started on April 1 and will continue through the end of June. The work is weather dependent.

The re-striping project will replace and enhance highway striping and markings, providing a safer roadway and highway system for the traveling public.

“Common sense and cost effective solutions can make a big difference towards keeping people safer,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “As part of CDOT’s Whole System, Whole Safety initiative, this project incorporates a simple but important feature: fresh, new, bright stripes that improve visibility and help drivers stay in their lane on the road.”

Highways being re-striped include:

Southwest Colorado

  • US Highway 160 from the Four Corners to Cortez, (COMPLETED)

  • US 491 from Cortez to the Utah state line, (COMPLETED)

  • US 550 from Durango to the New Mexico state line,

  • US 550 near Ridgway to Durango,

  • US 160 over Wolf Creek Pass, and from Pagosa Springs to the New Mexico State line,

  • SH 62 from US 550 to SH 141 out of Ridgway, and

  • SH 145 between Naturita and Telluride.

South-central Colorado

  • US 285 from the New Mexico state line to the Chaffee County/ Park County Line,

  • US 291 from US 50 to US 285 near Salida, and

  • US 50 near Coaldale to SH 114 near Gunnison.


Travelers will encounter re-striping operations from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., on a daily basis. This is a swift moving, mobile operation. Although work zones will only be in place for a few hours, motorists are urged to use caution and watch for heavy equipment. At times, through lanes and turn lanes may be temporarily closed to traffic causing brief travel delays. Any temporary closures are to ensure the safety of the workers and the traveling public.


Travelers should not attempt to pass the striping truck and cross over fresh paint, as this will damage a vehicle’s finish. Please drive with patience during striping operations. The striping truck will pull over when possible to allow traffic queues to clear.


Those with questions or comments can contact the project team at:

Other CDOT resources include:


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 located 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.  Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s inter-modal mobility options.