Safety

CDOT Whole System – Whole Safety Initiative to install left turn lanes CO 94 at Peyton Highway

April 23, 2020 - Southeastern Colorado

EL PASO COUNTY – Starting in late April and extending into summer 2020, CDOT and contractor partner, Kiewit Infrastructure Company, will construct safety improvements at the intersection of Colorado Highway 94 and Peyton Highway. As part of CDOT’s Whole System Whole Safety initiative, this project will add left turn lanes on CO 94. This improvement is expected to reduce traffic collisions by introducing additional room to complete turning maneuvers outside of through travel lanes.

The contractor will also widen shoulders, improve drainage infrastructure, and resurface Peyton Highway intersection approaches. CO 94 will be resurfaced with new asphalt pavement within the project limits (MP 12.84 – 13.43).

Road work will be completed in phases in order to minimize traffic impacts. Drivers should expect traffic shifts and intermittent flagging for construction equipment access to the worksite. After the contractor relocates a private driveway access in early May, construction will begin on CO 94. 

The first phase of CO 94 construction will move all traffic to the north in order to widen CO 94 in the eastbound direction. One lane in each direction will be provided through the work zone except for limited off-peak lane closures while the contractor places temporary barrier wall and lane striping between project phases. The posted speed limit will be reduced, and fines are double in the work zone. Temporary barrier wall will result in narrow travel lanes on CO 94.

All work is weather-dependent and the schedule is subject to change. Visit the project website for the latest schedule information.

For additional project information, call the project hotline at 719-472-3065, send an email to [email protected] or visit the project website at https://www.codot.gov/projects/co94-peytonintersection

For real-time information regarding traffic impacts on any state highway, motorists can sign up for CDOT email and text alerts by visiting www.codot.gov and clicking on the small envelope icon at the bottom right of the page. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and Facebook (www.facebook.com/coloradodot).

COVID-19

Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, road maintenance and construction continues on CDOT projects with social distancing and other health safety measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. The public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO by practicing social distancing, wearing face masks, staying at home when possible, and avoiding nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the roads, CDOT crews will be able to work more efficiently and safely. 

REMEMBER: SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE

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!

WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY.  

In early 2019, 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

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. 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.  

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