CDOT to begin Mesa County chip seal project

News Release

May 5, 2021 - Northwestern Colorado

MESA COUNTY - The Colorado Department of Transportation and contract partner Elam Construction will begin a Mesa County chip seal project on May 17. The project will focus on a chip seal application to protect and prolong the surface of the roadway. The new surface also provides skid resistance and reduces overall cracking. Chip seal will take place at the following four locations:

  • US Highway 6 from Mile Point 11 to MP 20
  • CO Highway 139 from MP 0 to MP 6
  • US 50 Frontage Road from MP 33.8 to MP 36.2
  • CO 141 from MP 120 to MP 154.1

"Chip sealing is a key maintenance operation to maintain the pavement surface for a relatively low cost.  By placing a chip seal shortly after a recent asphalt paving project, we are able to extend the life of the underlying pavement which results in the traveling public benefiting in a roadway that is in better condition for a longer duration.”

Crews will also remove the old epoxy striping and replace it with a temporary paint during construction. The chip seal does not adhere to the epoxy paint and to prevent future separation of the chip seal, the old epoxy is removed and temporary striping is placed.

Travel Impacts

  • Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Motorists should plan for pilot car operations with delays and a reduced speed limit. Motorists on CO 141 should plan for a 10 foot width restriction during hours of operation.
  • Anticipated completion date is August 2021.

Mesa Chip Seal Map 1
CO 141 Project Map

Mesa Co. Chip Seal Map 2

US 50 Project Map

Mesa Co. Chip Seal Map 3

I-70 Fruita to Mack

Stay Informed

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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!

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.