CO 59 Seibert to Cope to begin paving July 20

Travel Advisory

July 17, 2020 - Northeastern Colorado

KIT CARSON & WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin paving on CO 59 from Kit Carson to Cope on July 20. Crews will begin paving CO 59 where it meets I-70 (Mile Point 41.07) and work north toward Cope in 3-mile sections. 

Between Kit Carson (MP 0.00) and Seibert (MP 41.07), crews will be working at various locations on asphalt patching. The patching is expected to be complete by the end of September. This project will improve roadway function and make it safer for traffic.

CO 59 from Kit Carson to Seibert Work Zone     CO 59 Seibert to Cope Work Zone

As a part of CDOT’s Whole System. Whole Safety. program, the project will enhance safety for the traveling public by creating a new wearing surface and prolonging the life of the asphalt. New updated curve signing and paint will be installed to help with visibility.

Travel Impacts

Motorists will encounter work on both northbound and southbound lanes of CO 59 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Impacts will include flagging operations with alternating single lane closures between Seibert and Cope, with periodic lane closures between Kit Carson and Seibert. Speeds will be reduced to 40 MPH in work zones. The public should expect delays up to 15 minutes. Traffic fines will be doubled in the work zone. Motorists should slow down as they approach the work zones, drive with caution and give themselves extra travel time. For Labor Day, no work will take place from Sept. 4 at noon through Sept. 7.

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!

Project Information

For additional information about this project: 

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:


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.  

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.