TRAVEL ADVISORY―Intermittent Stops in De Beque Canyon Today, Tomorrow and Wednesday

December 9, 2019

MESA COUNTY ― This afternoon there will be intermittent stops in De Beque Canyon of up to 15 - 20 minutes. Workers are replacing utility poles along eastbound Interstate 70 at mile point 51, approximately eight miles east of Palisade. Only the eastbound lanes of I-70 are impacted and there is no alternate route. Westbound traffic should not be affected.

Crews anticipate continuing their work on Tuesday and Wednesday. Work is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning but fog conditions may affect the start time. CDOT anticipates having electronic message boards to inform motorists when and where to anticipate delays.


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:


Earlier this year, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness. This initiative 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 intermodal mobility options.