CDOT to begin repaving six miles of US 36 in Washington County on April 26

Travel Advisory

April 14, 2021 - Northeastern Colorado - Work includes repaving the highway, repairing two bridges, and replacing guardrail to improve driver safety

WASHINGTON COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contract partner Simon Contractors will begin a resurfacing and bridge deck and guardrail replacement project in Washington County on April 26. The project entails repaving 6.2 miles of US Highway 36 west of Last Chance to the junction at Colorado Highway 71. 

Other work includes making bridge repairs to two structures, adding new signage and rumble strips, and making guardrail improvements. 

CDOT Regional Transportation Director Heather Paddock said, “We’re excited at the prospect of new and improved safety measures being implemented as part of this project’s overall design.” The project supports CDOT’s commitment to increased safety and mobility and its Whole System, Whole Safety initiative. 

Project Description

This federal aid project is designed to improve safety along a rural stretch of US Highway 36 west of Last Chance and at the intersection of US 36 and CO 71. 

Crews will begin the project by making bridge deck, girder, wingwall and guardrail repairs to bridge structures F-22-B and F-22-G. 

Crews will then perform a 1-inch mill and 2.5-inch fill on approximately 6.2 miles of pavement on US 36 and make shoulder and guardrail safety improvements. Other work includes installing signs, delineators and rumble strips on US 36 and at the CO 71 intersection. 

Travel Impacts

  • During bridge repairs, US 36 will be reduced to a single lane configuration at the location, with alternating east/westbound traffic directed by automated traffic signals. These signals will be in place 24/7. Caution is advised.

  • US 36 Washington County Work Zone Map

  • Daytime single lane and shoulder closures will exist within the work zone during resurfacing and repaving operations on US 36 and at the intersection of US 36 and CO 71. 

  • Flagger operations will be onsite to direct alternating east/westbound traffic through single lane closures during working hours.

  • Some weekend and overnight work is expected.

  • All construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.

  • Lane closures and other traffic notices are posted weekly on

Project Location

The project is located on US 36 west of Last Chance, Colorado between Mile Point 129.52 and MP 135.7 in Washington County.

Project Schedule

The project begins on Monday, April 26 with an anticipated duration of 84 calendar days. Working hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday with some weekend and evening work expected. All construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.

Project Information

For information about this project, sign up for email updates at [email protected], call the local project information line at 970.691.6581, or visit the project website at For information on any lane closures, please visit, or call 511. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at

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.

  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

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

  • 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.

  • Be patient!

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.