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CDOT completes overlay project on CO 69 from Westcliffe to Hillside

December 15, 2020 - Southeastern Colorado - Crews resurfaced the highway and added safety features to maximize driver safety

CUSTER COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor A&S Construction have completed an asphalt resurfacing and overlay project on Colorado Highway 69 in Custer County. Crews resurfaced 12.88 miles of CO 69 from Westcliffe to Hillside with a 2 to 2.5-inch overlay of new asphalt, made critical bridge repairs, reclaimed a section of roadway between two bridges, and made safety improvements. Other work included milling, paving and striping a quarter mile section of CO 96 at the CO 69 intersection and adding bike lanes in the Town of Westcliffe. The project supports CDOT’s commitment to improved statewide mobility and their Whole System Whole Safety initiative.

Project Description

Overlay

This federal aid project was designed to provide needed repairs and upgrades to a well-traveled section of CO 69, and improve driver safety. 

Work entailed asphalt resurfacing and overlay, full depth reclamation of the pavement between two bridges, bridge deck repairs and waterproofing, and adding signs and safety measures such as delineators, roadway striping and new guardrail. 

Other work included milling, paving, restriping, and adding bike lanes on a quarter mile stretch of Main Street (CO 96) in the Town of Westcliffe. The project lasted five months with minimal impacts to traffic and local businesses. 

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.

  • 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!

Covid-19 Update

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. 

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Whole System. Whole Safety.

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative in early 2019. 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.