Traffic Stops on Highway 24 Wednesday

September 23, 2019 - Northwestern Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY  The Colorado Department of Transportation will stop traffic on U.S. 24 between Minturn and Gilman on Wednesday, Sept. 25, to safely allow helicopter flights to take place above the highway and a safe distance from moving vehicles.

Eastbound and westbound traffic will be held intermittently from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. so a helicopter can lift netting to the slope for repairs to a rock mitigation device above the highway.  Traffic will be held up to 20 minutes.  Vehicle queues will be cleared before traffic is stopped again.   

CDOT prioritizes the maintenance of rockfall mitigation safety devices throughout the state as part of its Whole System – Whole Safety campaign.


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.