CDOT resumes chip seal/striping project to improve safety on US 40

News Release

August 27, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado - Work postponed due to I-70 Glenwood Canyon closure for two weeks

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor, United Companies, will resume work on Monday to improve the safety and smoothness of US Highway 40 in Steamboat Springs. The project was postponed in order to accommodate the increased traffic on US 40 during the I-70 Glenwood Canyon closure for the Grizzly Creek Fire incident. 

The chip seal project limits are from Mile Points 126 to 132 and will reconfigure the existing pavement markings between MP 130 to 132. The striping improvements will create two lanes of travel into Steamboat Springs on the west end of town that will improve traffic flow.

Additional work at Hilltop Lane that kicked off in July is now complete. The project extended a median between the Phillips 66 gas station access and access to adjacent businesses to improve safety at that location. 


  • Work is scheduled for Monday through Friday.

  • Work times on the chip seal project from MP 126-132 will accommodate commuter traffic. Work in the eastbound (EB) lanes will begin after 9 a.m. and work in the westbound (WB) lanes will end by 4 p.m. each day.

  • A pilot car will guide vehicles through the project in an effort to control the speed of travel. Motorists should anticipate delays depending on traffic volumes.

  • It is imperative for motorists to drive the posted speed limit through the work zone and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you to avoid loose material from kicking up.

  • Travelers are urged to slow down, obey the posted lowered speed limit and avoid all distractions.


For additional information about this project, contact the project team. 

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

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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.

  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.

  • 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.

  • Be patient!


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, wear face masks, 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.


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 inter-regional express service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s multimodal mobility options.