CDOT asks motorists to plan for detours on CO 133 in Carbondale next week

July 17, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado

CARBONDALE — Northbound motorists and pedestrian traffic on Colorado Highway 133 next week in Carbondale should plan for short detours as CDOT crews review the cause of a recent sinkhole. The goal is to identify what caused a large sinkhole in June and whether other sinkholes are nearby.

On Monday, July 20, from noon to 6 p.m., crews will drill a hole in the paved bike and pedestrian trail on the west side of CO 133 just south of the intersection of CO 133 and Main Street. On Tuesday and Wednesday, holes will be drilled in the northbound lanes of CO 133 near Euclid Ave. All work is anticipated to be complete by the end of Thursday.


  • On Monday, the paved bike and pedestrian trail will be closed on the west side of CO 133 near Euclid Avenue, starting at the intersection of CO 133 and Hendricks Drive and continuing north to the intersection of CO 133 and Main Street. The trail closure will take place from noon to 6 p.m. and pedestrians are asked to use the paved trail on the east side of CO 133 during that time.

  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, northbound CO 133 will be closed from the intersection of CO 133 and Sopris Drive to the intersection of CO 133 and Garfield Avenue. CDOT will have a short detour in place to route motorists around the closure.

On Wednesday, June 17, a maintenance employee discovered a sinkhole on CO 133 located just south of the intersection of CO 133 and Main Street, near Mile Point 68. Crews filled, tamped down, capped, and paved the sinkhole, which measured 15 feet in diameter by 12 feet deep. Filling the sinkhole required 125 tons of road base material, delivered with 10 truckloads. Once the sinkhole was repaired and repaved, northbound CO 133 was restored to the roadway at approximately 3:30 p.m. and CDOT ended the short detour nearby. Southbound traffic on CO 133 was not affected throughout the sinkhole investigation and repair.


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 all of us, particularly for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, CDOT maintenance and construction crews  follow 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 and wearing face masks.  As traffic returns to normal levels, motorists must drive cautiously and heed the speed limit so all of us can return home 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.