Nighttime striping operations to occur in the Durango area on Sunday

Travel Advisory

July 9, 2020 - Southwestern Colorado

DURANGO – The Colorado Department of Transportation will re-stripe pavement markings south of Durango overnight on Sunday. Travelers will encounter re-striping operations  beginning at 8 p.m., Sunday and continuing through the night. The nighttime operation is expected to be completed by 7 a.m. Monday morning. The location of the nighttime painting will occur on US 160/550 south of Durango, between the intersection of Hwy 3, near the High Bridge (MP 85.7), east to the Grandview area and the intersection of Three Springs Boulevard, (MP 90.3). Daytime operations will then continue for the remainder of the week, eastward on US 160 toward Bayfield. 


This is a slow moving, mobile operation. Speeds will be reduced to 40 mph in work zones. At times, through lanes and turn lanes may be temporarily closed to traffic causing brief travel delays. Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for heavy equipment. Travelers are discouraged from passing the striping truck and crossing over fresh paint, as this may damage a vehicle’s finish. Please drive with patience during striping operations. 

Regionwide re-striping operations, which began in June, will continue throughout many highways in southwest Colorado through August. 

PROJECT & TRAVEL 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:


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 guidance from flagging personnel and merge when directed to do so.

  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.

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

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.

  • 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, road maintenance and construction continue 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.


To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. 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.


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.