Rock fall mitigation taking place on CO 145 north of Dolores

Aug. 5, 2019 - Motorists may experience short delays over the next two weeks.

The Colorado Department of Transportation will be performing rock fall mitigation along CO Highway 145 between Dolores and Rico. The mitigation operations will start on Wednesday, August 7 and will continue for about two weeks. A geotechnical team will work on a 14-mile stretch of CO 145 to address areas of concern along the ridgeline above the highway. 

As part of its Whole System – Whole Safety campaign, CDOT has prioritized the survey of areas along Colorado roadways that may be prone to rock falls. If any unstable rock features are identified, the loose material is removed by a geotechnical team to eliminate the potential rock fall hazard for motorists traveling on the highway. 


Beginning Wednesday, August 7 and continuing through Friday, August 16 motorists can expect delays on CO 145, from just north of Dolores to Stoner, mile points 14 – 28, about 14 miles. Travelers will encounter up to 20 minute delays. The traffic stops will allow crews the opportunity to perform hillside operations and to remove any rock or debris from the roadway. Motorists are urged to slow down and watch for flaggers, work crews and heavy equipment in the area.


Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:


To heighten safety awareness, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative earlier this year. 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 Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s inter-modal mobility options.  


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