CDOT Finishes US 40 Muddy Creek Resurfacing Project

September 19, 2011 - PROJECT UPDATE - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Project extends life of the highway and increases motorist safety.

GRAND/JACKSON COUNTIES — Late last week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) completed the resurfacing of US 40 near Muddy Creek, which spanned 14 miles between Kremmling and Steamboat Springs. Work for the project began in June 2011.

Motorists will experience a smoother ride on the stretch of highway between mile marker (MM) 165 and MM 179 on both sides of State Highway 14 now that the old, cracked pavement has been replaced. Having been patched multiple times since 1995, the roadway was in poor condition due to high volumes of heavy truck, wide load, and tourist traffic.

“Crews recycled and replaced the top two inches of asphalt on the road in addition to adding a two inch overlay of new asphalt,” said Project Engineer Debbie McLain. “By recycling the old asphalt and adding an overlay, future cracking will be reduced, thereby extending the lifespan of the highway.”

Several features were added to the highway for motorist safety, including new striping on the roadway, extended shoulders, and adjusted guard rails. Additionally, rumble strips were added down the center of the highway that will warn drivers who are straying over the center line and also can serve as a navigational aid during inclement weather.

A & S Construction of Canon City was the contractor for this $4.2 million project.

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