Maintenance chip seal projects next week

Travel Advisory

July 14, 2023 - Southeastern Colorado - Delays up to 15 minutes expected as chip sealing operations begin in Colorado Springs

El Paso County – Chip sealing operations are scheduled on three highway segments in the Colorado Springs area next week.

From 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., flaggers and a pilot car will alternate traffic through each work zone, with a reduced 30 mph speed limit:

  • Monday, July 17: US 24 between Calhan and Ramah (mile 342 to 345)
  • Tuesday, July 18: CO 94 between Yoder and Rush (mile 28.5 to 32)
  • Wednesday, July 19: CO 83 – between North Gate Road and County Road 105/Walker Road (mile 25.9 to 28.3)

Delays up to 15 minutes should be anticipated.

Following each resurfacing, sweepers will be cleaning the highway in the evening and, if necessary, the following day, clearing the remaining small, loose rocks prevalent in chip seal resurfacing areas.

Chip sealing applies liquid asphalt and rock material (or aggregates) to a roadway, followed with a protective coating. It is a preventive maintenance operation, designed to extend a highway’s effective surface life five to 10 years, depending upon traffic volumes and climate.

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!