CDOT begins chip seal and striping project in Steamboat Springs to improve safety on US 40

Travel Advisory

July 22, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado - Work to begin July 27 and continue through late September

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor United Companies will begin work on Monday to improve the safety and smoothness of US Highway 40 in Steamboat Springs. The project will chip seal from Mile Point 125.5 (near Eagle Soaring RV Park) to MP 132 (13th Street) and will reconfigure the existing pavement markings between MP 130 (Snow Bowl Plaza) to MP 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 on US 40 at the intersection with Hilltop Lane will improve safety for buses and bicyclists traveling westbound on US 40 towards downtown Steamboat Springs, as well as improving safety for motorists turning right from Hilltop Lane onto westbound US 40. This safety improvement will feature an extended median along the north side of the Phillips 66 gas station on the northeast corner of US 40 and Hilltop Lane, to limit unsafe travel through the gas station as an unofficial access to eastbound US 40. There will also be drainage improvements and ADA/pedestrian ramp access improvements at this location.  


  • Work is scheduled Monday through Friday.

  • At the Hilltop Lane location, work hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Work hours on the chip seal project, from MP 125.5-132, will accommodate commuter traffic. Work in the eastbound lanes will begin after 9 a.m. and work in the westbound lanes will end by 4 p.m. each day.

  • Motorists should anticipate delays of up to 10 minutes 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 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.