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Highway 40 Improvement Project

Project Overview

During the months of May through November 2018, CDOT will complete a resurfacing project on roughly 12 miles of US Highway 40 stretching from Walton Creek Road (MP 135.3) and the west summit of Rabbit Ears Pass (MP 146.5). Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until noon on Friday each week. There are no weekend work days scheduled at this time. There will be no work scheduled on the following event dates:

  • Memorial Day: Friday, May 25 through Monday, May 28
  • Ride the Rockies: Wednesday, June 13 (no work after 12:01 p.m.)
  • Fourth of July Week: Friday, June 29 through Monday, July 9
  • Tour de Steamboat: Saturday, July 21
  • Labor Day: Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 4

In the work zone, motorists can expect single-lane, alternating traffic with a reduced speed limit of 35 mph. During high-impact times in the area between Walton Creek Road to the base of Rabbit Ears Pass, 5 to 45-minute delays can be expected. In the work zone on Rabbit Ears Pass, 5 to 15-minute delays could occur.

You can stay up to date on the project information by visiting the project webpage or calling the information line at 970-819-6333.

Route Options

Please note that all the below detours are estimated travel times from Silverthorne to Steamboat Springs.

Traditional Route (Via Highway 9, Highway 40)

Estimated time: 1 hour, 40 minutes (delays of 5 to 45 minutes can be expected in multiple locations)

Directions: Travel north on US Highway 9 to Kremmling, turn left on US Highway 40.

Notable attractions along route: Green Mountain Reservoir, Kremmling, Wolford Mountain Reservoir, Rabbit Ears Pass.

Traditional Route

Alternate Routes

There are a few scenic routes that can be taken avoid these construction projects this summer. We encourage you to take these suggested routes that are accessible from Interstate 70. Each of these detours takes you along Colorado Highway 131 through south Routt County. Take advantage of a photo op while driving past Finger Rock, visit the gateway to the Flat Tops or the newly rehabilitated Crossan’s Market in Yampa, or grab lunch at a downtown restaurant and shop for gifts in Oak Creek. These quick but colorful alternatives provide a unique glimpse into scenic rural landscapes and charming Routt County communities that are worth the extra drive time.

Detour Through Toponas (Via Highway 9, Highway 134, Highway 131, County Road 14)

Estimated time: 2 hours, 10 minutes (30-minute detour)

Directions: Travel north on US Highway 9 to Kremmling, turn left to head west on US Highway 134 near Wolford Mountain Reservoir, turn right to head north on Colorado Highway 131, turn left onto County Road 14, turn right on Mt. Werner Road to arrive in Steamboat Springs.

Notable attractions along route: Green Mountain Reservoir, Kremmling, Wolford Mountain Reservoir, Gore Pass, Toponas, Finger Rock, Yampa, Phippsburg, and Oak Creek.

Gore Pass Route

Detour through Wolcott (Via Highway 131, County Road 14)

Estimated time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (35-minute detour)

Directions: Travel west on Interstate 70, take exit 157 and turn right to head north on Colorado Highway 131, turn left onto County Road 14, turn right on Mt. Werner Road to arrive in Steamboat Springs.

Notable attractions along route: Vail, State Bridge, Toponas, Finger Rock, Yampa, Phippsburg, and Oak Creek.

Wolcott Route

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