The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding the public that a memorial procession for CDOT employee Nolan Olson is happening Friday, Mar. 2.
CDOT representatives will be carrying the remains of Olson to southwest Colorado, departing from Denver at 8 a.m.
Olson, a member of the Pagosa Springs maintenance patrol, was filling potholes on Highway 160 in Pagosa Springs on Friday, Feb. 2 when he was severely injured and taken to a Lakewood hospital where he received treatment for nine days. He died from injuries on Sunday, Feb. 11.
The six-hour, 276-mile trek will take the team across the state via Highway 285, then along US 160 over Wolf Creek to Olson’s hometown and his final resting place of Pagosa Springs.
Maintenance patrols will line their vehicles and equipment at various observation points along the route as an opportunity to say their goodbyes to Olson.
CDOT is letting the public know that brief traffic delays may happen at highway intersections along the statewide procession route. CDOT is urging the public to use caution when the memorial motorcade passes, especially if members of the public wish to pay their respects outside their vehicles or businesses.
At South Fork, a formal procession will be initiated with local southwest and south-central Colorado CDOT Region 5 employees, driving their trucks and equipment for the final 42 miles of the journey, over US 160 Wolf Creek Pass. For the safety of those participating in the procession as well as the traveling public, drivers headed westbound from South Fork to Pagosa Springs between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. should be aware that passing the motorcade procession will not be possible.
Olson’s remains will rest in Pagosa Springs through Saturday. A celebration of life is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center of Pagosa Springs located at 451 Hot Springs Boulevard. Parking at the community center is limited, so attendees are strongly encouraged to carpool to the memorial service.