Shoulder widening and safety improvements to CO 69 near Gardner

Project Update

April 8, 2024 - Southeastern Colorado - Motorists can expect short traffic delays beginning mid-April

Gardner — The Colorado Department of Transportation and its contract partner Walsenburg Sand and Gravel will begin safety improvements to CO Highway 69 starting April 8.

Work will take place near Gardner on CO Highway 69 from Mile Point 10 to MP 30. Crews will be widening the shoulders of the road as well as other safety improvements, including extending culverts, erosion control, pavement markings, rumble strips, and sign installation.

The project is expected to be complete by December 2025.

Map of the CO 69 Walsenburg Shoulder Widening and Safety Improvements project MP 30 to MP 10
Map of the CO 69 Walsenburg Shoulder Widening and Safety Improvements project MP 30 to MP 10

Traffic Impacts

Motorists and area residents can expect the following impacts during construction:

  • Work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Alternating single lane traffic guided by flaggers will take place throughout the duration of the project
  • The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph in the work zone
  • Plan ahead and expect short delays
  • Construction schedules could change depending on the weather

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Project Information

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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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