Improvements to US 24 in Leadville Coming This Spring

News Release

April 21, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado

Leadville, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Transportation and prime contractor, United Companies, plan to begin working on US 24 in early May. The project includes two miles of resurfacing in downtown Leadville from Mountain View Drive to Elm Street, as well as improvements to most intersections. 

The project includes a new traffic signal at 6th Street and Harrison Avenue (US 24) as well as upgraded push buttons and indicators for pedestrians. The demolition and reconstruction of curbs, gutters and ADA ramps with sidewalk tie-ins will complete the improvements. Approximately 90 new curb ramps will allow for better accessibility for persons with disabilities, which has been a statewide initiative for CDOT since 2018. Please see below for a map of the project location and streets affected. 

A separate project on US 24 at the Mountain View Drive intersection, which began last year, will coincide with the upcoming resurfacing project through the month of May. Both project teams are communicating to minimize impacts to the traveling public. 

In the same respect, CDOT is in communication with Xcel Energy, another entity conducting work in the area. Xcel is prioritizing the work on US 24, to be completed prior to CDOT paving.

The project team and the City of Leadville are working closely to keep the community informed and provide the best ease of access to downtown businesses. Part of that mitigation includes alternating intersections that will remain open to allow for pedestrian flow. The City is currently working on alternative plans for parking, which will be publicized at a later date. Additionally, the team is taking protective measures as it relates to historic preservation.  


  • Work on this project will begin at the beginning of May and go through October.

  • Normal working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. In special cases, these hours may be extended.

  • May through August: Demolition and reconstruction of curbs, gutters and ramps

  • June through July: Replacement of traffic signal

  • September through project end: Milling and paving


  • No weekend work is anticipated

  • Sidewalk detours and closures

  • Shoulder closures 

  • Possible one-lane closures during paving operations 

Project Information:The public is encouraged to sign up for notifications to stay informed. Subscribe to updates by contacting the project hotline phone number at (970) 946-4132 or email us at [email protected]. Additional information can be found on the website:

US 24 Leadville Project map


Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, 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 and practice social distancing, stay at home when possible, and avoid nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the roads, CDOT crews will be able to work more efficiently and safely.  


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.