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US 24 passing lane construction west of Peyton starts soon

April 3, 2020 - Southeastern Colorado

EL PASO COUNTY – Starting around April 6 and extending into fall 2020, CDOT and contractor partner, Kiewit Infrastructure Company, will construct passing lanes in both directions of US Highway 24 between McKenze Lane (Mile Point 327.1) and Bradshaw Road (MP 328.7) west of Peyton. Drivers should expect traffic shifts, intermittent flagging, a reduced work zone speed limit and width restrictions during the project.

This safety improvement project will widen US 24 from two to four lanes to provide passing lanes in each direction. A left turn lane will be added on westbound US 24 at Bradshaw Road along with an acceleration lane for motorists heading westbound from Bradshaw Road. The contractor will also reconstruct driveway and intersecting roadway approaches, extend cross culverts, and improve roadside ditches. US 24 will be resurfaced with new asphalt pavement within the project limits.

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 work site. The first phase of construction starting in April will move all traffic to the north in order to widen US 24 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 steel barrier wall and lane striping between project phases. The posted speed limit will be reduced, and fines are double in the work zone. Temporary steel barrier wall will restrict the width of US 24 to eleven-foot lanes with four-foot shoulders. 

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 website at https://www.codot.gov/projects/us24-passinglanes-wofpeyton.

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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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