CDOT to create new chain-up stations on CO 9 and CO 285

Travel Advisory

July 25, 2022 - Southeastern Colorado - work will occur near Alma and Grant

Park County — The Colorado Department of Transportation will soon begin the chain up station project along Colorado Highway (CO) 9 near Alma and CO 285 near Grant. Zak Dirt has been contracted by CDOT to complete the project.

The first phase of work will begin on CO 285 near Grant. The chain up station locations will be in close proximity to the locations where the chain law will be in effect. The locations are:
Grant Chain Station, southbound CO 285 from MP 208.8 to 209.4
Alma Chain Station, northbound CO 9 from MP 72.1 to MP 72.7

“CDOT places a high priority on highway projects that help our commercial trucks drive safely along key corridors like CO 9 and 285,” said Shoshana Lew, executive director of CDOT. “It is critical that trucks chain up in winter events when Colorado’s chain law is enforced. Chain up stations provide a safe place for drivers to fit snow chains onto (or off) their truck tires.”

The project will create a safe pullout location off the roadway for truckers and travelers to put chains on when the chain law is in effect. The chain stations will make it easier for truckers and travelers to comply with the law during icy and snow-packed conditions. Advanced warning signs and adequate lighting will be installed to improve visibility and wayfinding for the drivers. The addition of the chain up stations will allow CDOT Maintenance concentrate on snow removal operations instead of mobilizing equipment to move stranded vehicles that have lost traction out of the way of traffic.

Alma Chain Up Station Project Location Map

Grant chain up station project location map

Traffic Impacts

Travelers will encounter construction operations Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The majority of the work will be performed off the roadway in the shoulder. Occasionally flaggers will be necessary to guide motorists through the construction zone. Their project will have a winter shut down period.

Project Information

For additional information about this project:

Know Before You Go

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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!

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