US Highway 287 Passing Lanes, South of Springfield and Campo

Travel Advisory

April 17, 2020 -

BACA COUNTY — On Monday, April 27, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work to add passing lanes south of Springfield and Campo. South of Campo a northbound passing lane will be added between MP 3.2 and MP 4.9 and south of Springfield a southbound passing lane will be added between MP 23.4 AND 25.2. Work will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is expected to be completed by mid-summer. This project was contracted to Castle Rock Construction, LLC.

This work will greatly improve safety for motorists on a two-lane stretch of US 287 south of Springfield and Campo by providing space and opportunities for vehicles to safely pass slower-moving traffic. 


Drivers can expect 24-hour width restrictions (12 feet), speed reductions to 40mph, shoulder closures, lane closures, and traffic delays. Work will take place between mile points (MP) 3.2 and 4.9, and MP 23.4 and 25.2 during daylight hours Monday through Friday. Motorists should expect 24-hour width restrictions of 12 feet. Motorists should also expect delays during the scheduled work hours. Night work and weekend work are not anticipated at this time. Work is expected to be completed by October 2020, barring weather and/or shipment delays.

  • Expect single-lane, alternating travel through the work zone. 

  • Flaggers will direct single-lane, alternating traffic. 

  • Width restrictions of 12 feet will be in place 24 hours a day.

  • Speed reductions will be in place of 50 mph during working hours. 



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 measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. Gov. Polis issued an emergency, temporary stay-at-home order for all of Colorado, which went into effect Thursday, March 26. With this order, the public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO and avoid all nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the roads, CDOT crews will be able to work more efficiently and safely.

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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!


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  


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.