US 550 Main Avenue traffic signal improvements move back to 22nd Street

May 1, 2019 -

DURANGO ― CDOT is shifting into another new phase of construction on the project to improve safety and mobility of three key intersections on North Main Avenue (US Highway 550) in Durango: 17th, 22nd and 32nd streets. As work continues at 32nd, crews have returned to the intersection with 22nd Street to finish work items at that location. The entire project is scheduled for completion by the end of May, weather permitting.

New traffic signals have been installed at all three intersections. At 22nd, work had been largely completed at the intersection’s southeast corner. Now, crews focus on the remaining three corners with construction of new sidewalk, curb/gutter, drainage, wheelchair-accessible curb ramps and landscaping. Work continues at 32nd, with the southeast corner largely complete. The primary focus right now at this intersection is construction of the new right turn lane from westbound 32nd onto northbound US 550 Main Avenue.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: At Main Avenue and 32nd Street, motorists will encounter intermittent single-lane closures at the intersection, Monday through Friday (and some weekends), from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (lane closures on East 32nd won’t start until 9 a.m. during the week to avoid heavy impacts to morning commuters). At 22nd, motorists can expect periodic right-lane closures on Main and single-lane closures on 22nd. Two lanes on Main Avenue will remain open in each direction during the peak travel times:  7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for southbound, and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for northbound. At least one lane in each direction will remain open on Main Avenue all other times.

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!”

MORE PROJECT DETAILS & PROJECT CONTACT: Full project details can be found at Those with questions or comments may call the project information line at (970) 560-2781 or email the project team at 550[email protected].

WHOLE SYSTEM―WHOLE SAFETY: To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System Whole Safety initiative. This campaign takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behavior, 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 safety conditions for those traveling by all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission - to get everyone home safely.

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!


ABOUT CDOT: 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, and administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated inter-regional express service.  Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s inter-modal mobility options.