Gate Closure Installation at various locations in Huerfano and Otero Counties

August 22, 2019 - Southeastern Colorado

Huerfano and Otero Counties On Monday, August 26, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work on installation of road closure gates along various state highways in Huerfano and Otero Counties. Crews will be installing gates at eight different locations on US 160, I-25, CO 10, CO 12, and CO 69. This project was contracted to Morton Electric for $343,793.

This project is part of CDOT’s “Whole System. Whole Safety.” initiative aimed at enhancing safety for Colorado’s traveling public. The installation of road closure gates allows for CDOT to close highways to the traveling public in the event of unsafe travel conditions.


Work hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers can expect shoulder closures, speed reductions, lane closures, and traffic delays. Work is expected to be completed by December 2019, barring weather and/or shipment delays.

The project is located at 8 locations including:

  • US 160 Mile Post 295.39 East Bound

  • US 160 Mile Post 297.40 West Bound

  • US 160 Mile Post 303.30 East Bound

  • Jct US 160 on CO 12 Mile Post 294.17

  • CO 12 Mile Post 18.36 North Bound

  • CO 69 Mile Post 24.92 South Bound

  • CO 10 Mile Post 44.13 West Bound

  • I-25 C (SH 25) Mile Post 0.13 East Bound



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!


To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.


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. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.