CDOT conducting chip seal operations on CO 194 and US 160 in southeast Colorado

July 31, 2019 - Southeastern Colorado - Motorists will experience alternating lane closures

Las Animas and Otero Counties — Colorado Department of Transportation will be conducting chip seal operations on CO 194 and US 160 in southeastern Colorado, Monday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 7. Work will require flagging stations and a pilot car to alternate traffic through the work zone, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Speeds will be reduced to 40 mph through the work zone.

  • Monday August 5th, Crews will be chip sealing the stretch of CO 194 near Bent’s Old FOrt, east of La Junta from mile point 5 to 10.

  • Wednesday, August 7th, crews will be chip sealing US 160, between Kim and Pritchett from mile point 405 to 410.


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.