Road improvements begin this month

Construction starts soon on two Northwest Colorado projects

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is set to begin work to improve U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 318 in the Dinosaur National Monument area.

The U.S. Highway 40 project begins on Monday. It includes chip sealing, guardrail improvements and new striping on an 18-mile segment east from the Utah state line. Flaggers will alternate one lane of traffic through the work zone from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work is scheduled for June 30 and July 2-3 until noon. No work will be performed July 4-6.

Delays between 15 and 20 minutes are possible.

This $546,000 project is scheduled for completion by July 14.

Work on Colorado Highway 318 begins June 25. The highway will be resurfaced with two layers of chip seal and set with new striping beginning at the Utah state line and continuing east 37 miles. Guardrails will also be improved through this segment. One lane of traffic will alternate in the work zone from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Delays up to 20 minutes can be expected. Completion of this $1.3 million project is scheduled for Aug. 8.

CDOT advises motorists to observe the reduced 50 mph speed limits posted through both projects. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph in work zones because of the small, loose rocks that are prevalent in chip seal resurfacing areas.

Harry's Heavy Haulers, Inc., of Rifle, Colo., is the contractor for both projects.

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