CDOT to begin Highway 13 work Monday |

CDOT to begin Highway 13 work Monday

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

RIO BLANCO COUNTY — Beginning Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a $4.9 million reconstruction project on Colorado Highway 13 near Meeker, the agency reported Friday in a news release.

Impacting 1.95 miles of the highway from mile markers 25 to 27, the project will widen shoulders, and add guidedrails and new drainage pipes to the highway section.

"Due to heavy truck traffic on this stretch of State Highway 13, CDOT noticed a need to reconstruct the roadway from the ground up," project engineer Eric Peterson said. "The finished product will be a new, smooth stretch of road that is safer for motorists."

Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through the end of this month, weather permitting.

Work will pause during the winter and resume in the spring of 2012. CDOT officials expect to finish the project by November 2012.

No detours are planned, but motorists can expect alternating lanes of traffic during work hours and delays of up to 15 minutes.

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The speed limit will be reduced to 35 miles per hour through the work zone and traffic fines will be doubled. During work hours, no loads of more than 14 feet will be permitted and there are no hazardous load restrictions at this time.

CDOT reminds motorists to obey road signs and flaggers and to drive slow.

To receive email or text alerts about the project, visit and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page.

From the list, select "SH 13 Rio Blanco" from the list of options. Project updates and photos will also be posted to the site.

If you have questions or concerns, leave a message on the project hotline at 970-878-7107, or email

The project is contracted through Old Castle United Companies.

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