Signal, median and curb improvements set to begin in Durango

August 6, 2021 - Southwestern Colorado

LA PLATA COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation, with Morton Electric, will begin work Monday, Aug 9 to replace traffic signals, update curb ramps and install concrete medians on Camino del Rio (US Highway 550) near Town Plaza in Durango. 

Signal replacement locations are at two intersections on Camino del Rio at 9th Street and 12th Street. New curb ramps and the installation of concrete medians will be at various locations of Camino del Rio between 8th Street and 14th Street. 

“These updates will ultimately improve traffic flow, efficiency and safety for both pedestrians and vehicles at these intersections,” said Julie Constan, CDOT Regional Transportation Director. “This is a heavily used corridor by local residents and visitors to the area and it's important we give our traveling public, both pedestrians and motorists, the best and safest experience possible.”  

Project Schedule

  • Work is scheduled to begin in mid August and expected to be completed by December 2021

  • Working hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Construction schedule is subject to change based on weather/unforeseen circumstances  

Travel Impacts 

  • All travelers by motorized vehicles, bikes or on foot should expect some travel impacts throughout the construction of this project. 

  • Motorists should be aware of lane closures and lane shifts in the intersections.

  • Pedestrians can expect sidewalk closures.

  • Motorists are urged to obey speed reductions and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.

  • Access to all businesses will be maintained, but may be temporarily altered.

Project Contact Information 

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts, anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:


About CDOT

CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.