Surface treatment project begins on CO 368 southwest of Alamosa

Travel Advisory

May 31, 2023 - Southwestern Colorado - A second project will take place on CO 17 beginning June 5

Alamosa and Rio Grande Counties - The Colorado Department of Transportation is chip sealing short sections of CO 17 and CO 368 over a two-week period. Operations will start Tuesday, May 30 on CO 368 southwest of Alamosa. Beginning June 5, crews will complete surface treatment on a 5-mile stretch of CO 17 north from the US 160 intersection in Alamosa. 

Upcoming Surface Treatment Projects

  • CO 368 (Mile Points 0 - 6)- May 30 through June 1, motorists will encounter chip sealing operations on CO 368 for approximately 6 miles south of the CO 370 intersection from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public should expect delays up to 15 minutes.
  • CO 17 (Mile Points 69 - 75) - June 5 through June 8, chip sealing operations will take place approximately 5 miles north of the US 160 and CO 17 intersection in Alamosa. Travelers should plan for lengthy delays and road closures between 9 a.m and 4:30 p.m.
    • Tinkham Lane and McKinney Avenue will be closed on Monday, June 5. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

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.
Highway Maintenance CO 368 and CO 17
Image: CO 17 and CO 368 chip sealing operations map

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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