July 16, 2019
Click It or Ticket enforcement underway
Seat belt enforcement to focus on rural Colorado
- Cheyenne (65%)
- Delta (75%)
- La Plata (76%)
- Montezuma (77%)
- Chaffee (77%)
- Summary Video — https://youtu.be/KfWVWTxiTmQ
- Weld County — https://youtu.be/s31ZIO7J7hE
- Adams County — https://youtu.be/eN9Y10Ny5d8
- El Paso County — https://youtu.be/_fL3TxItsX4
- Adults — Colorado has a secondary enforcement law for adult drivers and front-seat passengers. Drivers can be ticketed for violating the seat belt law if they are stopped for another traffic violation.
- Teens — Colorado’s Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) law requires all drivers under 18 and their passengers, regardless of their age, to wear seat belts. This is a primary enforcement, meaning teens can be pulled over simply for not wearing a seat belt or having passengers without seat belts.
- Children — Colorado's Child Passenger Safety law is a primary enforcement, meaning the driver can be stopped and ticketed if an officer sees an unrestrained or improperly restrained child under age 16 in the vehicle.
July 15, 2019
CDOT Region 5/southwest & south-central Colorado announces 2019 construction projects
Projects emphasize safety initiative for all travelers
SOUTHWEST & SOUTH-CENTRAL COLORADO ― The Colorado Department of Transportation announces that almost $85 million will be spent on highway construction and traffic improvement projects in southwest and south-central Colorado this year. Every project will carry out components of CDOT’s new initiate: Whole System. Whole Safety.
“CDOT’s priority is to bring everyone home safely ― that implies every member of the traveling public and every CDOT employee who works on our highways,” said CDOT Executive Directory Shoshana Lew. “Safety for and on our roads depends upon newly built systems and improving the efficiency and safety of infrastructure that’s already in place.”
Regional projects being constructed each have benefits that are aimed at helping reduce traffic injuries and deaths.
“Our objective is to improve the safety of Colorado’s entire transportation network,” continued Lew. “By investing in these improvements, we can enhance safety conditions for those traveling in the southwest and south-central regions and ultimately reduce the rate and severity of crashes.”
REGIONAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
The 30 projects taking place throughout southwest and south-central Colorado will involve work on hundreds of miles of roadway, six bridges, four culverts, and several intersections. Work includes new construction and the repair of existing infrastructure.
“The projects set for our areas will accomplish of a variety of needs by building new road features or enhancing existing infrastructure,” explained CDOT Traffic and Safety Program Engineer, Julie Constan. “New construction may include lane widening, new concrete safety barriers and the building of multimodal features such as new ADA sidewalks and ramps, and paths. Work on existing structures may include asphalt overlay, chip seal, guardrail replacement, and highway striping.”
To view a list of all Region 5 projects, click here: <2019 TRAFFIC WATCHERS>
Region 5’s 30 construction projects total approximately $84.63 million, taking place in 16 counties. The projects employ 350 region-wide CDOT employees in southwest and south-central Colorado. The projects also frequently utilize the services of local engineering firms, construction companies and subcontractors which collectively have a workforce of hundreds of professionals and skilled laborers.
WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY.
To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System. Whole Safety. initiative. This program takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behavior, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving safety conditions for those traveling by all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission - to get everyone home safely.
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!
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:
- Road conditions and travel information: www.COtrip.org
- Sign up for project or travel alerts: bit.ly/COalerts
- See scheduled lane closures: codot.gov/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html
- Connect with us on social media: Twitter @coloradodot and Facebook facebook.com/coloradodot
For more information about individual projects and to obtain updates as project work progresses, contact Region 5 Communications Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-749-2015.
CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and airports, and administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated inter-regional express service. Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s inter-modal mobility options.
**PROJECT OPERATIONS ALERT**
US Highway 160 from the Four Corners to Cortez, (COMPLETED)
US 491 from Cortez to the Utah state line, (COMPLETED)
US 550 from Durango to the New Mexico state line,
US 550 near Ridgway to Durango,
US 160 over Wolf Creek Pass, and from Pagosa Springs to the New Mexico State line,
SH 62 from US 550 to SH 141 out of Ridgway, and
SH 145 between Naturita and Telluride.
US 285 from the New Mexico state line to the Chaffee County/ Park County Line,
US 291 from US 50 to US 285 near Salida, and
US 50 near Coaldale to SH 114 near Gunnison.
Project information hotline: 801-472-3561
Project web site: www.codot.gov/projects/sw-colorado-highway-restriping
Road conditions and travel information: www.COtrip.org
Sign up for project or travel alerts: bit.ly/COalerts
See scheduled lane closures: codot.gov/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html
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.