CDOT to perform surface treatment operations on US 285 and CO 142

Travel Advisory

September 29, 2023 - Southwestern Colorado - Motorists should plan for brief delays near Manassa and La Jara throughout October

Conejos County — Beginning October 3, The Colorado Department of Transportation will perform multiple surface treatment projects near the US 285 and CO 142 Junction. Crews will work to patch short segments of US 285, approximately 6-miles south of La Jara (Mile Points 12-14) over the next two-weeks. Additionally, bridge maintenance operations will take place throughout the month of October approximately 2-miles east of Manassa on CO 142.

Crews will work swiftly to complete operations, however work is weather permitting.

Traffic Impacts

Operations will take place Monday through Thursday between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Motorists should plan for 15-20 minute delays and allow for extra travel time
  • Expect one-lane alternating traffic guided by signs, cones and flagging personnel
  • Access in and out of intersections may be restricted at times
  • A speed reduction of 40 mph will be enforced through the work zones
US 285 CO 142 surface treatment map
Multiple CDOT maintenance operations will occur throughout October in the San Luis Valley as crews work to improve the surface of US 285 and CO 142.

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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