ENTRANCE OF COUNTY ROAD 320 AT US 285 TO CLOSE Closure expected for two weeks

CHAFFEE COUNTY, CO – Starting on Monday, June 11, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and prime contractor, Sema Construction, will close the entrance of Chaffee County Road (CR) 320, off of U.S. Highway (US) 24 to install a new deer guard. The installation will take approximately 14 days. During the closure, CR 320 can be accessed at the northern end via US 24 at Steele Drive and CR 319.  

The upcoming closure, near the south end of the regional airport, is part of the wildlife underpass project on US 285 that began in March, between the US 285/US 24 junction and the community of Nathrop. The goal of the $3.5-million-dollar project is to enhance safety due to the numerous wildlife-vehicle collisions along this busy corridor every year. Studies have shown that wildlife crossings, coupled with fencing, can reduce collisions by over 75 percent.

The project also includes widening of the highway to accommodate a new left-turn lane for southbound US 285 traffic turning onto CR 301/Fisherman’s Bridge.


  • Completion for the project has been extended to the end of August.
  • Normal working hours will be from 7 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday. In special cases these hours may be extended.
  • Weekend work is not anticipated.


  • In addition to the entrance closure at CR 320, motorists can expect one-lane closures from mile posts 140 to 148 (Nathrop to the US 285/US 24 junction) with up to 10 minute delays.  
  • All lanes will be open on Fridays after noon to accommodate for summer travel.

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Beginning May 22, 2018 fire and smoking restrictions were placed on public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) located on the Pikes Peak, South Park and Salida Ranger Districts of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, according to a news release from the Forest Service.

Restrictions will remain in effect until December 31, 2018 or until they are rescinded.

In parts of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests the fire danger is very high. Unless the U.S. Forest Service sees a significant change in the weather patterns soon, we will experience a high potential for large fires.

Fire and Smoking Restrictions

The following acts are prohibited on U.S. Forest Service lands managed under Pike and San Isabel National Forests located on the Pikes Peak, South Park and Salida Ranger Districts within Douglas, El Paso, Park (Excluding Park County lands on the South Platte Ranger District), Teller, Fremont, Custer, Chaffee and Saguache Counties in Colorado. (See website for detailed maps https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc):

1 Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. (This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, charcoal grills, hibachis, and coal or wood-burning stoves.)

Exceptions: Campfires are permitted in U.S. Forest Service-developed campgrounds and picnic grounds, and only in U.S. Forest Service-provided, manufactured fire grates and grills. Petroleum fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed on all National Forest System lands, provided such devices meet the Underwriters Laboratories specifications for safety.

2 Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, in a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

Actions Permitted

1 Persons with a U.S. Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.

2 Resident owners, lessees of land, and holders of U.S. Forest Service recreational use authorizations, within the restricted area are exempt from Prohibition Number 1 listed above, provided such fires are within a permanent structure.

3 Any Federal, state, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Even with the restrictions, visitors should be aware of weather conditions and be careful with the use of fire outdoors. Visitors should check with their local U.S. Forest Service office or go to the web to learn about specific restrictions.

Visit www.coemerency.com for current fire restrictions across the State of Colorado.

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