CDOT improvements on US 24 project in Leadville going smoothly

News Release

June 10, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado

US 24 Leadville Improvements

LEADVILLE — An early delivery of materials allowed the Colorado Department of Transportation and workers with United Companies to get a jump-start on traffic signal improvements on the US 24 Leadville Resurfacing project. Crews began working on the traffic signal at Harrison Avenue and 6th Street in late May, which was earlier than planned. New traffic poles were installed and a temporary signal is in place. The final upgrades to the signal are scheduled to be completed by the end of June with more state-of-the-art push buttons and indicators for pedestrians. CDOT and United Companies would like to thank the residents, businesses and travelers who have been kind and courteous during the project. Crews ask that customers continue this trend by wearing face coverings or masks when interacting with workers, and maintaining social distancing.

The resurfacing project on US 24 in Leadville began in early May with another primary goal of demolishing and reconstructing approximately 90 curb ramps. The undertaking is part of a statewide initiative to support  persons with disabilities through greater accessibility. To date, approximately 24 of the 90 curb ramps have been completed on US 24. Alternating intersections remain open to allow for pedestrian flow while the work commences. Milling and paving is slated for the fall.


  • Work will continue through October.

  • Normal working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. In special cases, these hours may be extended.

  • June through August: Demolition and reconstruction of curbs, gutters and ramps

  • June: Replacement of the traffic signal at Harrison Avenue and 6th Street 

  • September through October: Milling and paving


  • No weekend work is anticipated

  • Sidewalk detours and closures

  • Shoulder closures 

  • Single-lane closures with alternating traffic, intermittent traffic stops, and flagging operations

The public is encouraged to sign up for notifications to stay informed. Subscribe to updates by contacting the project hotline phone number at (970) 946-4132 or email us at [email protected]. Additional information can be found on the website: For statewide projects or weekly specifics on the US 24, go to


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.

  • 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.

  • 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 emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, 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 and practice social distancing, wear face masks, stay at home when possible, and avoid nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the roads, CDOT crews will be able to work more efficiently and 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. Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s multimodal mobility options.