CDOT performs surface treatment on US 285 Poncha Pass

Travel Advisory

January 30, 2024 - Southwestern Colorado - Motorists may encounter brief delays through Feb. 2

Chaffee and Saguache Counties— Motorists can expect up to 15-minute delays on US Highway 285 between Poncha Springs and Villa Groove while the Colorado Department of Transportation performs crack sealing operations. Operations will take place along a 2-mile segment of US 285 on Poncha Pass.

US 285 surface treatment operations began Monday, January 29 and will continue through Friday, February 2 as weather conditions permit.

Traffic Impacts

Operations will take place Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Plan for full stops and brief 15-minute delays
  • Expect one-lane alternating traffic guided by signs, cones and flagging personnel
  • A speed reduction of 40 mph will be enforced through the work zones
US 285 surface treatment map
Colorado Department of Transportation Maintenance Alert map of operations occurring on US Highway 285, Poncha Pass between Poncha Springs and Villa Grove, January 29 to February 2 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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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