The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work next week on CO Highway 291, on the north side of Salida. C
rews will construct acceleration and deceleration turn lanes for CR 154, near the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center.
The work is a safety project and will consist of adding extra width to the road to accommodate traffic turning onto and out of CR 154.
Work is expected to take approximately 6 weeks, beginning on Monday, Nov. 4 and continuing through mid-December.
Initially, motorists will encounter minimal impacts with work being conducted off the shoulder to widen the road.
However, once work progresses and crews work on the widened roadway with paving and restriping operations, drivers will encounter flaggers controlling traffic, lane closures and possible short delays.
Work days are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. If a Saturday work is required, it will be announced in advance.
Pavement Maintenance Services of Salida is the prime contractor hired for this $180,000 project.
Those seeking more information about this project, or with questions or comments, can reach the project team at:
• Project hotlines: office 612-338-7173 or cell 612-418-6715
• Project email: email@example.com
• Sign up for CDOT project or travel alerts: bit.ly/COalerts
• See CDOT’s scheduled lane closures: codot.gov/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html
• Connect with CDOT on Twitter (@coloradodot) and Facebook (facebook.com/coloradodot)
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!
Whole system. Whole safety
Earlier this year, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness.
This initiative takes a systematic, statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization’s operations.
The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes.
The program has one simple mission – to get everyone home safely.