The Colorado Department of Transportation announced that a downvalley lane of Highway 82 near Carbondale will be closed today from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. to repair rockfall damage.

The work area is just west of the main Carbondale exit at Highway 133, near the Mount Sopris scenic overlook. Traffic speeds will be reduced and delays are anticipated, CDOT said in a news release.

Also, crews have started guardrail replacement along the upvalley side of Highway 82. The work began in Glenwood Springs and will continue to move east toward Carbondale this month.

“Guardrail replacement requires lane closures and is anticipated to be ongoing throughout July,” the release says. “Please use both lanes until the merge point. Delays are anticipated. Please allow extra travel time through the area.”

CDOT said that roadside utility work, involving directional drilling, is ongoing in the areas of Buffalo and Spring valleys.

Generally, motorists should anticipate stretches of shoulder closures, lane closures, reduced speed limits and narrowed roads during daylight hours for ongoing road work. Construction hours are from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays.

“Remember, go slow for the cone zone,” the release adds.

In order to minimize impacts to the traveling public, there will be no lane closures during the 6-9 a.m. morning peak for the eastbound/upvalley lanes or during the 3-7 p.m. afternoon peak for the westbound/downvalley lanes.

Project information is available by phone at 970-340-4333. Questions should be directed via email to More information about local projects can be found at