CDOT begins safety project, upgrading guardrails on several SW region highways

March 18, 2019 - Southwestern Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor Cruz Construction, Inc., of Colorado Springs started a project this week, to improve safety along several highways in southwest Colorado. Work will include the upgraded of several sections of guardrail across the region. The project, scheduled for completion by the end of April (weather permitting), was contracted to Cruz for $588,125.

Work includes guardrail removal and replacement, as well as erosion control and shoulder work along various sections of four state/US highways in Montrose, San Miguel, La Plata and Archuleta counties. Work is expected to be accomplished in the following order:

  • CO 141, various sections between mileposts 18.4 and 89, from Slickrock in San Miguel County to south of the Montrose/Mesa county line

  • US 550, various sections between mileposts 3.5 and 3.8, in La Plata County, just north of the New Mexico state line

  • CO 172, various sections between 11.8 and 22.5, in La Plata County, between Ignacio and the junction with US 160 in Durango

  • CO 151, various sections between mileposts 16.2 and 18.6, in Archuleta County at Arboles

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Through the duration of the project, motorists can expect a right lane closure where work zones exist, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. In some locations lane shifts with single-lane, alternating traffic will be necessary. Motorists are urged to drive with care through the intersection construction zones and watch for workers, equipment and pedestrians.  Please avoid distractions as you travel through the work areas and go “Slow for the Cone Zone!”


Those with questions or comments can contact the project team at:

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