A much smoother ride along Colorado Highway 141 through Big Gypsum Valley

News Release

November 3, 2020 - Southwestern Colorado

CDOT completes rural resurfacing project 

Improvements made to CO 141 through Slick Rock & CO 145 north/south of Redvale

Freshly paved roadway in the Big Gypsum Valley

MONTROSE & SAN MIGUEL COUNTIES - The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Oldcastle SW Group, Inc., have completed the project to  enhance safety and improve the driving surface on Colorado Highway 141 through Slick Rock and CO 145 near Redvale. 

The improvements on 44 miles of CO 141 were made from south of Slick Rock (about 35 miles south of the Montrose-San Miguel county line) to Naturita. On a four-mile section of CO 145, the upgrades extended north and south of Redvale. The project, contracted to Oldcastle SW Group for $10.7 million, was completed on time on budget.

The work involved full-depth reclamation (pulverizing the existing asphalt down to the dirt subgrade) followed by re-grading and application of new asphalt; a ‘mill and fill’ in some areas (removing the top several inches of asphalt and applying new); asphalt leveling over the majority of the project; and an asphalt overlay of the both highway stretches. Safety improvements on both highways included shouldering work, guardrail replacement, center-line rumble strips and new pavement markings. 

CO 141 Redvale

New road surface near the community of Redvale.

More photos are posted here: https://www.codot.gov/projects/co-141-slickrock.

QUESTIONS: Contact the project team at (970) 765-4610 or co141slickrock@gmail.com. The project web site is www.codot.gov/projects/co-141-slickrock.

Information about other projects and road conditions can be found at:  



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 at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices 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 interregional express service. Gov. Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.