CDOT will begin surface treatment on US 285 east of Saguache

Travel Advisory

July 20, 2023 - Southwestern Colorado - Operations will take place July 25 through August 3

South-Central Colorado — The Colorado Department of Transportation is chip-sealing a nine-mile section of US 285 over a two-week period. Operations between Saguache and Villa Grove will start Tuesday, July 25 (Mile Points 91 - 100). Work will take place Monday through Thursday between 06:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Motorists should plan for lane shifts, one-lane alternating traffic and up to 15-minute delays.

US 285 Saguache surface treatment
Motorists traveling on US 285 between Saguache and Villa Grove can expect delays (July 25 - August 3) and are urged to drive slowly through the nine-mile surface treatment project.

Traffic Impacts

Travelers driving through surface treatment projects are urged to:

  • Slow down ― Higher speeds can cause loose stones to scatter and damage vehicle paint and windshields
  • Increase distance between vehicles ― Space between you and other vehicles will help reduce damage caused by loose stones
  • Follow work zone signage ― Consider the safety of other motorists and the safety of the work crew when traveling through the project construction zone
  • Use caution ― Bicyclists and motorcyclists should use extreme caution during construction operations

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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