The Colorado Department of Transportation and a contractor plan to commence work April 5 on Colorado State Highway 109A between La Junta and Kim.

The work will include repaving, painting, replacing guardrails and adding rumble strips on the southbound side towards the intersection with US Highway 160 near Kim.

“These updates are crucial in preserving our highway infrastructure and providing a safer route for motorist of travel,” said Shoshana Lew, executive director for CDOT.

SH109A has not been resurfaced since 1980, according to CDOT.

The project, which is being completed by CDOT and its contractor A&S Construction Co., is expected to start at mile marker 31 south of La Junta.

Travel could be impacted during this time depending on the time of travel and the number of other vehicles on that stretch of road.

Drivers can expect single lane closures and shoulder closures during daytime work operations that are scheduled between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. As of now, no weekend work is expected to take place. As a result of these closures slowdowns and delays are expected. There will be a “width restriction” of 12 feet during the project.

CDOT has determined a list of benefits from the project including extra visual and physical safety features. Rumble strips near the intersection of SH-109 and US Highway 160 north of Kim are intended to alert drivers of the approaching intersection. Guardrails will be replaced at 14 locations, which will increase safety in the event of a crash.

CDOT expects the work to take until late September.

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