Grand Street in Walsenburg closed to through traffic for three weeks starting August 12

Aug 7, 2019- The closure is necessary while crews upgrade the drainage system and make curb ramp and sidewalk improvements

The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor, Walsenburg Sand & Gravel, will close Grand Street for three weeks to perform major drainage, curb ramp and sidewalk improvements. This is part of a right of way and pedestrian upgrade project in the City of Walsenburg that began on April 22. Local traffic will be detoured onto Elm Street (see map) and CDOT expects little impact to north and southbound I-25C traffic. The project supports CDOT’s 40-year statewide multimodal plan to enhance the safety, mobility, and economic vitality of the state and the new Whole System = Whole Safety initiative.Walsenburg Grand Street Closure Map


CDOT anticipates minimal travel impact to vehicles accessing Grand Street from Walsen as the detour route will route them just one block south and east to bypass the closure. Other impacts include:

  • North and southbound shoulder closures at Walsen and Pine and Walsen between Grand and Spruce are in place.
  • 11 ft. width restrictions are in effect.
  • Sidewalk closures exist on Walsen during curb ramp and sidewalk replacement. 
    • Signs and flagger operations will redirect pedestrians and cyclists during construction.


This project is designed to improve pedestrian and bicycle accessibility for residents, patrons of businesses, and travelers to the region. The project includes upgrading curb ramps to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities) compliance, repairing sidewalks, installing permanent traffic control devices, and making pedestrian crossing improvements. Other work includes widening shoulders, implementing permanent erosion control measures, and converting a culvert into a sidewalk at Walsen and Pine.


The project kicked off on April 22, 2019 and is expected to last until late October 2019. Working hours are Mon. to Fri. 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. No weekend work is expected.


The project is located at two sites in the City of Walsenburg. The first is on Business Interstate 25C (Walsen Avenue) between Spruce Street (MP 1.9) and Pine Street (MP 2.3). The second location is on U.S. Highway 160 (Seventh Avenue) between Olive Street (MP 304.72) and Ysidro Street (MP 304.85). 


Get direct email announcements and updates by signing up at [email protected]. For additional information about this project, call the local project information line at 719.766.1185, or visit the project website at For information on any lane closures, please visit, or call 511. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at


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.