Fri Aug 13th, 2021
The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Lawrence Construction will build a new alignment for CR 220 where it connects with US 550 just south of Durango. This construction of a new segment CR 220 will replace the two existing CR 220 legs – which both connect with US 550 at acute angles – with an alignment that meets the highway at a right angle. This new T intersection of CR 220 and US 550 will create a much safer junction, particularly as the future US 550 alignment will have acceleration/deceleration lanes at CR 220 as well.
To facilitate construction of the new CR 220 alignment, as well as accommodate the US 550 traffic switch onto the temporary detour, CDOT, in coordination with La Plata County, will be closing CR 220 between CR 301 and at US 550 for one week. From Saturday, August 14 at 6:30 a.m. to Saturday, August 21 late evening, that segment will be closed to through traffic – with signage and a barricade in the westbound lane – and open to local traffic at CR 301 only (no public traffic will be able to turn onto CR 220 from US 550).
Saturday Morning, Aug. 14: CR 220 closed to through traffic.
Saturday Evening, Aug. 21: CR 220 re-opens.
Date TBD: CR 220 closed to through traffic for one to two days
General Construction Travel Impacts
The construction access road that was built north of CR 220 – along what will become the new US 550 alignment – greatly limits traffic impacts and interruptions for motorists on US 550 and CR 220. And the new 1,400-foot-long detour near CR 220 will carry north-south US 550 traffic while the new northbound lanes are under construction, also limiting impacts to traffic.
US 550 travelers may encounter intermittent stops for construction equipment entering and exiting the road, from about 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., from Monday through Saturday (most weeks).
The total cost of the project is $98.6 million (this includes both CDOT project management and contractor costs). CDOT is constructing this project using the design-build process, partnering with a contracted team led by Lawrence Construction Company and RS&H, Inc. The interchange is scheduled for completion by the spring of 2023.
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