Work to continue at 1111 Camino del Rio, near Town Plaza in Durango

Travel Advisory

May 20, 2020 - Southwestern Colorado

LA PLATA COUNTY ― The next phase of work by contractors for the hotel development at 1111 Camino del Rio in Durango will begin after Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 26. The hotel development includes several required highway enhancements on Camino del Rio/U.S. Highway 550 near Town Plaza. The enhanced highway features are privately funded by hotel developers and constructed by NGC (New Generation Construction) of Nebraska, while overseen by CDOT traffic and safety staff. The new median work is expected to be completed by mid-June 2020. 

The improvements include:

  • Center median construction 

  • Driveway and curb and gutter construction 

  • Street tree installation 

  • Signage and striping 

  • Project clean-up

Roadway enhancement items already completed include construction of a shared driveway with Natural Grocers and improved curb and gutter.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Motorists can expect delays along this busy business corridor and are advised to allow themselves extra time or seek alternate routes.

  • From May 26―June 12 there will be occasional single lane restrictions controlled by flaggers as crews mobilize and bring in equipment and set up work zones

  • Working hours will be Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

  • There may be occasional Saturday or Sunday working days

STAY INFORMED: More information about this project is available by contacting the project team: 


REMEMBER: SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.

  • Stay alert! Do not use mobile devices while driving in work zones.

  • Expect the unexpected.

  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.

  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.

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

  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.

  • Be patient!

COVID-19 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 measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. Gov. Polis issued an emergency, temporary stay-at-home order for all of Colorado, which went into effect March 26. With this order, the public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO and avoid all 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.


ABOUT CDOT 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.