Park County Chain-Up Stations

About the Project:

The Colorado Department of Transportation will soon begin the chain up station project along Colorado Highway (CO) 9 near Alma and CO 285 near Grant. Zak Dirt has been contracted by CDOT to complete the project.

The project will create a safe pullout location off the roadway for truckers and travelers to put chains on when the chain law is in effect. The chain stations will make it easier for truckers and travelers to comply with the law during icy and snow-packed conditions. Advanced warning signs and adequate lighting will be installed to improve visibility and wayfinding for the drivers. The addition of the chain up stations will allow CDOT Maintenance concentrate on snow removal operations instead of mobilizing equipment to move stranded vehicles that have lost traction out of the way of traffic.

Work Schedule

  • The first phase of work will begin on CO 285 near Grant. The chain up station locations will be in close proximity to the locations where the chain law will be in effect. The locations are:
  • Grant Chain Station, southbound CO 285 from MP 208.8 to 209.4
  • Alma Chain Station, northbound CO 9 from MP 72.1 to MP 72.7

Traffic Impacts

  • Travelers will encounter construction operations Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The majority of the work will be performed off the roadway in the shoulder.
  • Occasionally flaggers will be necessary to guide motorists through the construction zone. Their project will have a winter shut down period.

Project Facts

  • Cost: $5 Million
  • Contractor:  Zak Dirt
  • Timeline: July 2022 - October 2023
  • Location: CO 9, Alma, Colorado; US 285, Grant, Colorado

Park County Chain Up Station on US 285 project map

CO 9 Chain up Station map