CDOT postpones shoulder work on CO 3 in Durango

Travel Advisory

September 18, 2023 - Southwestern Colorado - Motorists can plan for regular traffic flows this week

Update - noon (9/19) - The Colorado Department of Transportation has postponed maintenance operations to clear debris from the shoulder of Colorado Highway 3 in Durango. Operations between Armadillo Storage and Larry Valdez Way were originally scheduled for September 19-21 but will be moved to later this month. 

La Plata County — Beginning tomorrow, the Colorado Department of Transportation will complete maintenance operations to clear debris from the shoulder of CO 3 in Durango. Operations will take place Tuesday through Thursday between Armadillo Storage and Larry Valdez Way. Motorists should plan for 10 to 15 minute delays, flaggers and one-lane alternating traffic between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m each day.

Crews will work swiftly to complete the road repairs however, maintenance operations are weather dependent.

Traffic Impacts

Daytime work hours range from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

  • Motorists can expect full stops and delays and should allow for extra travel time
  • Vehicles will be guided by cones, signs and 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
CO 3 Durango shoulder work
This Tuesday through Thursday, motorists will encounter up-to 15-minute delays on CO 3 while CDOT crews clean debris along the shoulder of the road.

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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