CDOT performs maintenance operations between Purgatory and Molas Pass

Travel Advisory

July 14, 2023 - Southwestern Colorado - Operations to take place over the next two weeks

Southwest Colorado— On July 17, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin maintenance operations to reinforce culverts and highway shoulders along a 13-mile stretch of US Highway 550 between Purgatory and Molas Pass. Motorists traveling between Durango and Silverton, Mile Points 49 to 62, can expect 10 to 15 minute delays, flaggers and one-lane alternating traffic.

This two-week maintenance work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 17-27. Work is weather permitting.

US 550 highway maintenance alert
With tourist season and road work operations coinciding, travelers on the Million Dollar Highway (US 550) are urged to slow down and be aware of crews and heavy equipment.

Traffic Impacts

Daytime work hours range from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

  • Motorists can expect full stops and delays and should allow for extra travel time.
  • Vehicles will be guided by flagging personnel.
  • Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution when approaching and driving through the work zone.
  • A speed reduction of 40 mph will be enforced through the work zones.

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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