Three-day chip seal operations scheduled next week on US 550 Red Mountain Pass

Travel Advisory

May 28, 2024 - Southwestern Colorado - Motorists can expect delays June 3 through 5
Chip Seal Operations on US 550 Red Mountain Pass between Silverton and Ouray. A Variable Message Sign (VMS) says Fresh Oil & Loose Gravel Use Caution
Travelers are urged to use caution while driving over fresh oil and loose gravel during CDOT's chip seal operations taking place June 3 through 5 on US 550 Red Mountain Pass.

Southwest Colorado — Beginning June 3, the Colorado Department of Transportation will perform surface treatment operations on US Highway 550 Red Mountain Pass, Mile Points 84 to 89. Between Silverton and Ouray, motorists can expect flaggers, one-lane alternating traffic and up to 20-minute delays through Wednesday evening.

CDOT crews will work as swiftly as possible to complete the surface treatment; however resurfacing operations are weather dependent.

Traffic Impacts

Daytime work hours range from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. 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 and flagging personnel ― 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

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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