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Expected Additional Weekend and Nighttime Work

May 2, 2014 - PROJECT UPDATE - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - DURANGO, CO — Crews with CDOT and Concrete Works of Colorado are still working on east 9th Street from Camino del Rio (US 550) to Roosa Avenue after a truck with a trailer dismantled the main intersection signal pole and its concrete base. Work in the area is expected to continue for several days.

To expedite the schedule to complete work in this business section (essentially College Drive to 9th Street), crews will work additional night and weekend hours. Despite a few project setbacks—a gas line that was hit, the signal damage by a private vehicle and an additional utility relocate—major work items are progressing very well. The majority of the concrete work (pavement, raised curb medians and sidewalks) in this section is nearly complete. Next week, major work items will include the US 550/College signals and striping.

General traffic impacts are the following:  Weekday lane closures of through-lanes on US 160/550 will be limited to 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, drivers should anticipate closures of the through lanes at night, starting at 6:30 p.m. and on weekends, as well as lane closures on any of the US 160/550 turn lanes and side streets at any time.

SPECIFIC TRAFFIC IMPACTS:

NEW: US 160/550 Intersection to 8th Street: Wide load restrictions of 10 feet through the work zone will end Friday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. Until then, restrictions will remain in place and wide load vehicles should refer to the CDOT website for details on the restrictions at www.coloradodot.info.

NEW: College Drive: The left turn lanes onto College Drive from southbound US 550 have been completed. For the week of May 5, College Drive will be restricted to one-lane in each direction due to striping and signal work. Nighttime signal work is likely to include turning off the signal and controlling the intersection with flaggers throughout the week.

NEW: US 160/550 Thru Lanes (Camino del Rio) Peak Travel Times: Two lanes in each direction of travel will remain open during peak hours—before 8:30 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

NEW: US 160/550 Thru Lanes (Camino del Rio) Non-Peak Travel Times: There will be single-lane closures between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work is also anticipated during the non-peak nighttime hours from 6:30 p.m. through the night.

NEW: US 160/550 Thru Lanes (Camino del Rio) Weekend Work: Expect single-lane closures at anytime throughout the weekend.

US 160/550 (Camino del Rio) Turn Lanes, Side Streets: Single-lane closures may be in effect at any time during the day and night.

US 160 West: No work on US 160 west is anticipated.

9th Street: Due to an incident on Wednesday, April 30th, 9th Street (east) from Camino del Rio to Roosa Avenue will be closed until the signal light is fully functioning.

Travel delays will vary depending on the time of day and volume of traffic.  Motorists should plan their trips accordingly and are reminded to keep speeds down for the safety of the workers and pedestrians crossing in this area. For questions regarding the project, the public can call the information hotline at (970) 238-1669. The work items will shift away from the urban area by the Memorial Day holiday weekend and the entire project will be completed by mid-August 2014.

HOW TO GET PROJECT INFORMATION: The best way to stay up-to-date on project progress, traffic impacts and more is to sign up for email and wireless (text) alerts. Go to CDOT's web site at www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Enter your information and choose "US 160/550 Durango" under the "projects" list. If you would like to reach the project information team directly, please call the hotline at 970-238-1669 or email us at [email protected].