U.S. 285 will be closed through Aug. 29 to through traffic between mile markers 188-190 between Fairplay and Antero Junction on weekdays for a road resurfacing and widening project by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

A detour is in place using US-9 and US-24 at Hartsel from 6-8:30 p.m., Monday- Thursday.

U.S. 285 will be open every weekend from 8:30 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Monday

The closure during daylight hours for milling and paving work is part of a project that is expected to run through November on the road and includes 20 miles of resurfacing and 3 miles of road widening and passing lanes south of Fairplay. CDOT lists the total cost for the project at $11.2 million.

Traffic delays for the project have generally consisted of single lane closures that have been reported to be 20-30 minutes long or longer by multiple motorists posting to the “Road Conditions in and around Chaffee County Colorado” Facebook group.

“We do understand the frustration with the traffic delays. The volume of traffic on US 285 has grown significantly in the last 6 years and the road surfaces are showing the wear, said Michelle Peulen, the communications manager for CDOT region 2. “This work is necessary to get completed as soon as possible to preserve the integrity of the underlying surfaces.

“The paving operations need to be performed during warmer temperatures for proper bond and compaction, which is why this work cannot be performed at night.

“We are giving the contractor extended work hours during the day to maximize their production and hopefully shorten the duration of traffic impacts in the long-term,’ she said.

Peulen said that milling and paving had been completed north of Fairplay.

Work on the project ceased over the busy Fourth of July weekend, and Peulen said that work will be restricted of Friday afternoons as well as Saturdays and Sundays.

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