San Luis Valley travelers will encounter heavy traffic and lowered speed limit on US 285 near Villa Grove

Travel Advisory

August 29, 2022 - Southwestern Colorado - Special event held over the Labor Day weekend will cause possible traffic congestion

Saguache County — The Colorado Department of Transportation announces a temporary speed reduction on US Highway 285 in the vicinity of Villa Grove over the Labor Day weekend. The small community of Villa Grove in the San Luis Valley is the site of a music festival that is expected to increase traffic and cause possible highway congestion.

Traffic Impacts

Beginning on Thurs., Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 5 motorists traveling northbound and southbound on US 285 near Villa Grove will encounter a speed reduction. The speed limit will be reduced to 40 MPH. Travelers should use extreme caution when driving the two-mile stretch of highway (mile points 103 -105) through the community. Motorists will encounter flagging personnel, at two separate access points on the highway, directing traffic to and from the special event which is taking place on the west side of the highway.

Traffic Advisory of lowered speed limit and heavy traffic at US 185, Villa Grove, from mile point 103 to 105 during Labor Day weekend 2022, Thursday September 1 through Monday September 5.

Event Information

For additional information, visit the event website:

Know Before You Go

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:

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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