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Posted on: February 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Rockfall Mitigation to Take Place Next Week on Hwy 141 Near Hanging Flume


Rock fall mitigation set for CO 141 

between Naturita and Gateway

Motorists will experience 20 minute stops near Hanging Flume Overlook


MONTROSE COUNTY ― The Colorado Department of Transportation will be performing rock fall mitigation in western Montrose County on CO Highway 141, between Naturita and Gateway next week. Weather permitting, the mitigation operations will begin on Tuesday, February 18 and may continue through Friday. 

CDOT prioritizes the survey of areas along Colorado rural roadways, gauging if any areas may be prone to rock falls. If any unstable rock features are identified, the loose material is removed by a geotechnical team to eliminate the potential of a natural rock fall hazard for motorists traveling on the highway. 


Tuesday through Friday, February 18-21, motorists can expect delays on CO 141 at MP 81.7, about 20 miles north of Naturita and 30 miles south of Gateway. Travelers will encounter up to 20 minute delays. The traffic stops will allow crews the opportunity to perform hillside operations and remove of any rock or debris from the roadway. Motorists are urged to slow down and watch for flaggers, work crews and heavy equipment in the area. 

Map of Hwy 141 work area


Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:


In early 2019, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness. This initiative takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization’s operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.


CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated inter-regional express service. Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s multimodal mobility options.  

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