Colorado Department of Transportation crews will chip seal various portions of Colorado Highway 184 between Mancos and Dolores between Aug. 21 to Aug. 31, causing up to 30-minute delays Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CDOT urged drivers to slow down, increase distance between vehicles and follow work signage and flagging personnel in the work area about 3 miles north of Mancos from mile markers 13 through 24.
According to a CDOT news release, crews will make an effort to keep the traffic flow consistent but intersection access might be restricted at times.
Motorists need to wait for the pilot car to approach their driveways and side roads before driving through the work zones.
Chip seals provide skid resistance on the pavement. It also prevents the asphalt surface from deterioration because of aging and oxidation from water and sun. Chip seals are only placed on low-traffic routes that serve less than 2,500 vehicles a day.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, road crews use a thin layer of heated asphalt liquid and spray it to the road surface. They then place small aggregates, or chips, that are compressed to boost adherence to the surface.
Drive cautiously when driving through fresh oil and loose gravel.
High speeds may cause loose stones to scatter that could damage windshields and vehicle paint.
Bicyclists and motorcyclists should be cautious during construction operations.
Travelers need to remember to watch for workers, turn on headlights so others can see approaching traffic and anticipate lane shifts.