Slope stabilization work to start on CO 133 north of Paonia

Project Update

July 11, 2023 - Northwestern Colorado - Work begins July 10

Gunnison County — The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Williams Construction began work on Colorado Highway 133 north of Paonia on July 10. The highway is open and will continue to be open during work on this project. Work will take place from Mile Point 24.55 to MP 25.77. The project consists of slope stabilization using a soil nail wall to improve the integrity of the slope and function of the roadway as well as culvert replacement. The soil nail walls will be constructed at four sites along the corridor. The roadway will have to be repaired after the construction of the soil nail wall is complete. The project is expected to be complete in the fall of 2023. The project is not related to the permanent repairs to road and culvert damage that took place on CO 133 in May and July.

The slope stabilization project will significantly improve the safety and functionality of the highway. The work being done ensures motorists can move safely and reliably through this section of the roadway for years to come by making it more stable and reducing the erosion potential.

CO 133 Slope Stabilization Project Map
This map shows where work will take place on the CO 133 slope stabilization project.

Traffic Impacts

Beginning July 10, motorists will encounter work on CO 133 north of Paonia. The highway will continue to be open when work is underway. Traffic impacts include:

  • Working times will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Within the work zone there will be short delays with alternating single lane traffic as well as shoulder closures
  • Speeds reduced to 40 mph
  • Traffic fines will be doubled in the work zone
  • Motorists should slow down as they approach the work zones, drive with caution, allow extra space between vehicles, and give themselves extra travel time

Project Information

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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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