The Colorado Department of Transportation on Monday morning will shift traffic to new lanes in the construction zone along State Highway 133 in Carbondale between Colorado Avenue and Dolores Way.
The move is part of continuing work along Highway 133 that is adding a roundabout, additional bike paths and pedestrian crossings. Although the shift was originally slated for Friday, the contractor agreed to keep the current configuration, which is well marked and to which locals have adapted, through Mountain Fair weekend.
For six-week phase 3, traffic will be routed to the newly constructed lanes on the west side of Highway 133. Motorists can expect moderate delays while the lane shift is being implemented, and are encouraged to use caution while traveling through the project during that time. Business access will be temporarily closed on Monday, but is expected to resume thereafter.
The closure at the intersection of Highway 133 and Main Street will remain in its current configuration until next week, when roundabout construction is expected to move to the west. At that time, traffic will be able to make right turns off of and onto east Main Street, but Colorado Avenue will remain the primary route for downtown access. A detour will be set up for traffic on west Main Street.
The bike path on the east side of 133 will be closed between Colorado Avenue and La Fontana Plaza. CDOT is encouraging pedestrians to use alternate routes to access businesses throughout the construction area. This includes 12th Street, which connects Colorado Avenue to Nieslanik Avenue; the Rio Grande Trail, which accesses Industry Place; and a newly constructed bike path along the west side of the highway between the RFTA Park and Ride and Main Street.
If all goes is planned, phase 3 will wrap up in September and lower-impact phases 4, 5, and 6 should be complete by November.