Rock mitigation on Ute Pass

Travel Advisory

June 23, 2023 - Southeastern Colorado - Traffic to be reduced to one lane in each direction

El Paso County — Rock scaling work is taking place on US 24 next week, requiring traffic to be reduced to one lane in each direction between Manitou Springs and Cascade.
Beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m., Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29, traffic will be impacted as follows:

  • Westbound US 24 closed and shifted to eastbound US 24
  • Eastbound US 24 reduced to one lane in each direction
  • Speed limit reduced from 55 mph to 35 mph
  • Some side road traffic movements may be impacted at times

This traffic configuration is required to maintain safety for the traveling public as scaling takes place to remove loose rocks on the north side of the canyon above the highway.

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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