The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a resurfacing overlay project along US 24, from 8th Street to west of Manitou Springs (mile point 296 to 304), the week of June 24.

“Pavement milling and resurfacing on the roadway will provide motorists a smoother road surface improving safety by eliminating ruts and road damage,” according to a news release issued by CDOT. “US 24 West was last paved in 2004.”

According to the release, the department identified the project as part of its Whole System Whole Safety initiative, “that takes a systematic approach to safety including driving behaviors, the built environment and operations.”

US 24 is a major east-west corridor for commerce and is heavily traveled, “making it a key focus for safe mobility and accessibility,” the release said.

The project also includes bridge rehabilitation on at least four structures, bridge rail replacement and intersection enhancement of the 21st Street/US 24 intersection. Bridge scour protection at the US 24 Fountain Creek bridge and added westbound turn-lane capacity are added improvements.  

The paving portion of the project is anticipated to be completed by December 2019 (weather dependent) and the bridge rehabilitation and intersection work is expected to be finished by early 2020, the release said, adding the projects is expected to cost $12 million and the majority of the work is anticipated to be done during nighttime hours, however some daytime work may be required.

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“The benefit of the statewide program’s whole system approach is being able to combine all areas of the driving experience in each project,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew in the release. “This resurfacing project will greatly improve safety in this area.”

TRAVEL IMPACTS

Motorists can expect flagger operations with north and southbound one-lane alternating traffic, 15-minute delays and a 45 mph speed limit reduction. The project will be in operation overnights from 8 p.m.-5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, to minimize impacts on the traveling public. Construction schedules are subject to change based on weather or unforeseen circumstances. Lane reduction times and dates may fluctuate, and alternative routes are suggested during the work period.

“We would like to remind travelers that we have lane closures with delays which require the traveling public to pay attention, slow down and be patient,” said Steve Goure, CDOT Region 2 resident engineer, in the release. “This project also includes bridge rehabilitation necessary to maintain the integrity of multiple structures. We appreciate the cooperation from the traveling public as we work to improve safety in this area.” 

Project Details:

  • $12 million
  • Contractor – Hamilton Construction Company
  • El Paso County
  • Schedule is June 2019 – Spring 2020

Project information:
Hotline: 719-628-8028

Email: UtePassProjects@gmail.com

Website: codot.gov/projects/us-24-ute-pass-improvements

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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!