CO 62 Ramp Up Ridgway

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The CO 62 Ramp Up Ridgway Project is a partnership between the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Town of Ridgway to make roadway and drainage improvements in downtown Ridgway. The project, which started on March 21, 2016, is slated for two construction seasons, with a winter shutdown from November 2016 – March 2017, weather permitting.

The Town of Ridgway is preparing for an active spring and summer tourist and event season, and is working closely with the construction team to assure visitors are welcomed to this gateway to the beautiful San Juans.

Project Facts

  • Cost:
    $12.5 million
    ($2 million from Ridgway, via a 2014 voter-passed ballot initiative and Department of Local Affairs Grant)

Improvement Area

  • CO 62 town thoroughfare, and several town streets

Project Team

  • Contractor(s): American Civil Constructors

Meet the Contractor

American Civil Constructors (ACC) is a Colorado-based contractor with 41 years of experience building CDOT and other projects throughout the Rocky Mountains.

ACC has a long-standing presence in Southwest Colorado, with projects such as the Bear Creek Bridge replacement on Red Mountain Pass, Wolf Creek Pass Safety Improvements, slide repairs on CO 145 at Trout Lake, and Ophir culvert repairs. In the early '90s, ACC built the Ridgway State Park south access roads and pedestrian paths.

Public Information

ACC has designated an on-site public information manager to provide the town and its visitors with current and accurate information about the project, and the plan for maintaining traffic. Similarly the public information manager will work with businesses and the Town to understand their constraints to minimize the impacts of construction, and assure visitors have ready access to all the things that make Ridgway a great place to visit.

In addition to the contact information on this page, the public can get updates about significant milestones or project tasks through the newspaper and public meetings.

Construction Schedule

See the preliminary project schedule.

Based on public input, the first areas planned for project work are downtown (Railroad Street/Hartwell Park parking lots, Clinton, Lena, Cora and Laura streets). From late June to late August, construction downtown will be minimized, with work focused on CO 62. In September, construction will pick up again downtown. Work on the state highway corridor will take place throughout. 

Ridgway Project Phasing: Summer and Fall 2016

Traffic Impacts

Traffic will remain on CO 62, without being detoured onto downtown streets, as requested by the community. The contractor will utilize a variety of traffic flow changes to accommodate this construction requirement, and will make every effort to maintain two-way traffic on CO 62 for the majority of the work.

There will be times, as required for certain construction tasks and to maintain safety, when traffic may be in a single-lane, alternating configuration. Again, the contractor's focus will be to minimize these periods of single-lane travel.

2016 Events Continue

The construction schedule has been planned to accommodate major Ridgway and regional events, such as the Concert Series, the Ridgway Rendezvous Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Telluride Bluegrass and Blues and Brews festivals. Nonprofit groups are advised to communicate with the town manager about 2016-17 downtown events scheduling.


RAMP Up Ridgway! is a partnership project to improve the CO 62 corridor through town and enhance the downtown Historic Business District. 

The RAMP Up Ridgway! project includes:

  • hard-surfacing specific streets
  • pedestrian sidewalks
  • storm water drainage
  • furnishings (benches, bike racks, artwork, trash/recycling receptacles, landscaping and planter pots)
  • decorative low-level lighting
  • landscaping
  • improved parking and new parking lots
  • center turn lane on CO 62 from Laura Street to the Uncompahgre River Bridge
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