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Rush-hour traffic backs up on South Camino del Rio on Thursday afternoon while construction continues. Many Durango residents unused to traffic jams say their average commute time getting in and out of the city has increased by 20 minutes since construction began in March.
Crews are rushing to complete the urban parts of a five-month construction project before Memorial Day, when thousands of tourists will descend on Durango. Daily, 30,000 to 45,000 cars go through the DoubleTree intersection, the busiest intersection in Southwest Colorado.
Though thousands of cars usually traverse Camino del Rio at speeds of 35 mph in daytime hours, on Tuesday, traffic dribbled down the highway as construction crews continued working in the middle of the street as part of the ongoing U.S. Highway 550/160 construction project.
Motorists struggled to get out of the city Tuesday as concrete mixing trucks prevented drivers who had taken College Drive going west from turning onto Camino Del Rio.

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Rush-hour traffic backs up on South Camino del Rio on Thursday afternoon while construction continues. Many Durango residents unused to traffic jams say their average commute time getting in and out of the city has increased by 20 minutes since construction began in March.
Crews are rushing to complete the urban parts of a five-month construction project before Memorial Day, when thousands of tourists will descend on Durango. Daily, 30,000 to 45,000 cars go through the DoubleTree intersection, the busiest intersection in Southwest Colorado.
Though thousands of cars usually traverse Camino del Rio at speeds of 35 mph in daytime hours, on Tuesday, traffic dribbled down the highway as construction crews continued working in the middle of the street as part of the ongoing U.S. Highway 550/160 construction project.
Motorists struggled to get out of the city Tuesday as concrete mixing trucks prevented drivers who had taken College Drive going west from turning onto Camino Del Rio.
Work on U.S. Highway 550/160

Crews with the Colorado Department of Transportation and Concrete Works of Colorado continue to work on east Ninth Street from Camino del Rio to Roosa Avenue after a truck with a trailer dismantled the main intersection signal pole and its concrete base. Work in the area is expected to continue for several days.
This week, work will include the U.S. Highway 550/College Drive signals and striping. Weekday lane closures of through-lanes on U.S. 550/160 will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Closures of the through lanes at night will start at 6:30 p.m.
These traffic impacts also are anticipated:
College Drive will be restricted to one lane in each direction this week for striping and signal work. Nighttime signal work likely will include turning off the signal and controlling the intersection with flaggers.
Two lanes in each direction of U.S. 160/550 will remain open before 8:30 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
There will be single-lane closures between the 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday on U.S. 160/550. Work also is anticipated from 6:30 p.m. through the night.
Single-lane closures may be in effect at any time during the day and night on U.S. 160/550 side streets.
For more information, call (970) 238-1669.

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