CO 109A resurfacing project to begin April 5

Travel Advisory

March 30, 2021 - Southeastern Colorado - Resurfacing efforts to take place between La Junta and Kim

LAS ANIMAS/ BACA/ OTERO COUNTY — On April 5, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor A&S Construction Co. will begin construction along 31 miles of CO 109A to resurface the two-lane highway between La Junta and Kim, from Mile Point (MP) 0- MP 31. The project will start at MP 31 south of La Junta. Work will include repaving, painting, guardrail replacements and the addition of rumble strips heading south to the intersection with US Highway 160 near Kim. 

CO 109A was last resurfaced in 1980. “These updates are crucial in preserving our highway infrastructure and providing a safer route for motorists to travel,” says Shoshana Lew, executive director for CDOT. The project is scheduled to be completed by late September. 

Travel Impacts

  • Motorists can expect single lane closures and shoulder closures within the work areas during daytime operations. 

  • Working hours will be from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Slowdowns and delays are expected. 

  • Width restrictions of 12 feet will be in place during the project. 

  • No weekend work is anticipated.

  • Please drive safely through the work area when crews are present. 

Project Benefits

Updates through resurfacing, painting and guardrail replacements will improve the highway for motorists by providing extra visual and physical safety reinforcements. Rumble strips will be added near the intersection of CO 109 and US Highway 160 north of Kim to alert drivers to the upcoming intersection. Guardrail replacements at 14 locations within the work area will enhance safety for motorists along CO 109 in the event of a crash. 

Project Information

For additional information about this project, contact the project team. 

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!