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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - The Colorado Department of Transportation and United Companies will begin work on Monday, June 14 to improve the safety and smoothness of US Highway 40 in Steamboat Springs from Mile Points 132 to 146. The project will begin on the eastern end of the project limits on Rabbit Ears Pass, then work will move closer to city limits in late July.
Work beginning the evening of Monday, June 14, is the removal of the current striping configuration on Rabbit Ears Pass. The removal will move west towards Steamboat Springs later in the week. The striping removal is necessary because chip seal does not adhere to the epoxy paint. To prevent future separation of the chip seal, the old epoxy is removed and temporary striping is placed.
“We know this is a busy time of year for motorists and locals traveling in Steamboat Springs,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “It is critical that everyone take it slow through the work zone so our crew can complete the project safely. Following posted speed limits and staying alert also better protects your vehicle as you travel through the work zone."
Phase 1 of the project will occur from MP 137 (east of the intersection of Colorado Highway 131 and US 40 intersection near Haymaker Golf Course) to MP 146 (west summit of Rabbit Ears Pass). Final pavement marking will be completed in Phase 1 prior to beginning the chip seal application in Phase 2.
Phase 2 will extend from MP 132, at the east end of downtown Steamboat Springs where the roadway goes from concrete to asphalt, to MP 137 (Junction of US 40 and CO 131).
Chip seal projects protect and prolong the surface of the roadway. Crews will also remove the old epoxy striping and replace it with a temporary paint during construction. The chip seal does not adhere to the epoxy paint and to prevent future separation of the chip seal, the old epoxy is removed and temporary striping is placed.
Project & Travel Info
For additional information about this project, contact the project team.
Remember: Slow For The Cone Zone
The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.
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.
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