CDOT completes CO 131 Oak Creek Canyon resurfacing project

October 27, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado

ROUTT COUNTY- The Colorado Department of Transportation and contract partner Elam Construction are pleased to announce the completion of the CO 131 Oak Creek Canyon surface treatment project. Work took place along Colorado Highway 131 near Oak Creek, beginning at Mile Point 52 and continuing north to MP 56.  

As part of CDOT’s Whole System — Whole Safety initiative, this project focused on a 1.5” hot mix asphalt (HMA) overlay and the installation of guardrail that meets the new safety standard requirements. The HMA will add approximately 10 years of life to the highway, create a smoother road surface and will eliminate ruts and road damage. The new guardrail is 31” high instead of 27” high, to help vehicles remain on the road more effectively, making the highway safer for the traveling public.  

Additional work consisted of shoulder work, striping and delineators.  


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.  Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s multimodal mobility options.