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Paving and upgrading set for CO 141 from Naturita moving north

April 12, 2021 - Southeastern Colorado - Work will begin April 19 with lane closures in place

MONTROSE COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation, in cooperation with United Companies, will begin work on CO Highway 141 at the north end of Naturita and move north towards Gateway for approximately 35 miles. This paving and roadway upgrade project will take place from mile point 61 - 95.75. Work will begin on April 19 and continue through October.

This project consists of roadway improvements including asphalt milling and paving, shouldering, upgrading guardrails, sign replacement, and culvert repair. The paving will create smoother roads and improved driving conditions, which in turn will improve safety for the traveling public along this corridor.

Traffic Impacts 

Beginning Monday, April 19, motorists will encounter road work on CO 141. Traffic impacts include:

  • Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Traffic flow will be reduced to alternating single lane traffic in one to two mile increments within the project limits, with the use of flagger control. Expect up to 15 minute delays.

  • Speeds will be reduced to 40 mph in the work zone.Traffic fines will be doubled in the work zone. 

  • Motorists should slow down as they approach the work zones, drive with caution, allow extra space between vehicles, and give themselves extra travel time.

Travelers driving through resurfacing projects are urged to: 

  • Slow down ― Higher speeds can cause loose stones to scatter and damage vehicle paint and windshields.

  • Increase distance between vehicles ― Space between you and other vehicles will help reduce vehicle damage caused by loose stones.

  • Follow work zone signage ― Consider the safety of other motorists and the safety of the work crew when traveling through the project construction zone.

  • Use caution ― Bicyclists and motorcyclists should use extreme caution during construction operations.

Project Information 

For additional information about this project: 

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:

About CDOT

CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options. 

Remember: Slow For The Cone Zone

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.

  • 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!

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