Culvert repair project to begin in Park and Huerfano Counties on October 25

October 21, 2020 - Southeastern Colorado

HUERFANO & PARK COUNTIES — The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin phase 2 of the regionwide culvert repair project in southeast Colorado. Work will take place in Huerfano and Park Counties on CO 9 at MP 69.9, US 285 at MP 220.9 and 222.2, and on US 160 at MP 279.3. Frontier Environmental Services has been awarded the job, with work expected to start on Sunday, October 25 at the US 285 location and continue through the fall.

This project consists of cleaning culverts and repairing culverts. Repairing cracks in the headwall, constructing new headwalls, and repairing joints. The contractor will restore any disturbed areas. In some locations, work will require night activity and one lane traffic on US 285. Other locations will experience shoulder closures with minimal impact to traffic.

Work will take place at three locations:

  • US 285 at MP 220.9 and MP 222.2, beginning Oct. 25; working Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • CO 9 at MP 69.9, beginning Nov. 9; working Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • US 160 at MP 279.3, beginning Nov. 12; working Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As a part of CDOT’s Whole System. Whole Safety. program, the project will enhance safety for the traveling public by replacing and repairing existing culverts for safer travel for motorists.


Beginning Sunday, October 25, motorists will encounter work on US 285 at MP 220.9 and MP 222.2. Work will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Beginning Monday, November 9, motorists will encounter work on CO 9 at MP 69.9. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning Thursday, November 12, motorists will encounter work on US 160 at MP 279.3. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drivers will experience shoulder closures, single-lane closures and night time lane closures throughout the duration of the project. Lane closures will be directed by flaggers. The speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph within the work zones and will be strictly enforced. Traffic fines will be doubled in the work zones. Motorists should slow down, drive with caution and give themselves extra travel time.


he 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.
  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Be patient!

PROJECT & TRAVEL INFORMATION For additional information about this project:

Call the project information line at 719-301-0059

Email the project team at [email protected]

Visit the project website at


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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Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, road maintenance and 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 by practicing social distancing, wearing face masks, staying at home when possible, and avoiding 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. Gov. Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s multimodal mobility options.