CDOT Region 5 Announces 2012/13 Construction Projects

May 23, 2012 - SUMMER/FALL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - SOUTHWEST/SOUTH-CENTRAL COLORADO — With summer weather upon us, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s 2012 highway construction season is in full swing. CDOT crews—both maintenance and engineering—have several projects underway already, with others getting started throughout the summer.

A few of the projects are being continued from last season, and others will include a final phase next season.

“Altogether, we will have more than 110 miles of highway, bridges and intersections under construction, totaling nearly $80 million in project contracts—some spanning two seasons,” CDOT Region 5 Director Kerrie Neet said. “We have several projects that will improve or replace poor bridges and a few long-anticipated projects that will resurface vital stretches of highway.”

CDOT reminds motorists to please obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone.

Here is a list of major construction projects that will be underway this summer/fall in CDOT’s Region 5, which covers the counties of Montezuma, Dolores, San Miguel, Montrose (southern half), Ouray, San Juan, La Plata, Archuleta, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache, Chaffee, Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla.

REGION 5 Major Construction/Maintenance Projects:  2012/13 Season

(Note:  in addition to the major construction projects listed below, the region also has Traffic & Safety projects underway, such as striping/pavement markings, guardrail and signal improvements; as well as maintenance activities, such as chip seal resurfacing, patching, sweeping, culvert work and more.)

FASTER:  Some projects have full or partial funding through Colorado FASTER, or Funding Advancements for Surface Treatment and Economic Recovery (SB 09-108). FASTER is funded through a portion of vehicle registration fees. Monies collected under the FASTER Safety Fund are to be used for construction, reconstruction or maintenance projects that the Transportation Commission, a county or municipality determine are needed to enhance the safety of a state highway, county road or city street. FASTER also established a Statewide Bridge Enterprise to fund maintenance and repair of Colorado’s most urgent structurally-deficient and functionally-obsolete bridges (please see:

US 550 CR 302 South of Durango

Widening, safety improvements including wildlife mitigation. 2 miles; March 2011 to August 2012. $5.5 million contract (FASTER)


US 160/US 550 West Durango at US 550

Bridge rehabilitation. 5 miles. April to late May, 2012. $479,000 contract.

SH 151 East of Ignacio (Maintenance Project)

Maintenance chip seal resurfacing. May 14 to May 25. 34 miles. $1.4 million contract; partnering with Southern Ute Tribe.


US 160 in Cortez, Broadway South

Concrete reconstruction. 2 miles. July 2012 through late 2012. $9.4 million budget.


US 160 and SH 145 Junction East of Cortez
Maintenance resurfacing. 1.5 miles on US 160; 2 miles on SH 145. September 2012. $1 million budget.


SH 140 North of Breen
Shoulder widening, safety improvements. 1 mile. $1.9 million budget (FASTER).

US 160 Cortez to Mesa Verde Interchange
Resurfacing, highway and interchange. 15 miles. $8 million contract (including $4.6 million in Federal Public Lands Highway Funds).

US 160 Mancos to Mancos Hill
Resurfacing. 7 miles. Summer/fall 2012. $8 million budget.

US 24/285 junction east, at Johnson Village
Bridge rehabilitation. Summer/fall 2012. $1.8 million budget.

US 24/285 Trout Creek Pass, south of Antero Junction
Bridge rehabilitation at MP 222. Late April to late June, 2012. $370,000 contract.

US 550 Colona North
Widening, passing lane, wildlife detection system. 1.5 miles. April to late August 2012. $7 million contract (FASTER).

US 160 Cat Creek, west of Pagosa Springs (MM 130)
Intersection improvements. March through May 2012. $1.07 million contract.

US 160 in Pagosa Springs
Culvert replacement. July through August 2012. $672,607 budget. (FASTER).

US 550 Red Mountain Pass
Rockfall work (phase II), retaining wall repair. Rockfall is mile point 91, retaining wall is mile point 89.6, approximately 1.5 miles north of snowshed. May to June 1, 2012. $845,880 contract for rockfall work, $591,201 contract for retaining wall repairs (FASTER).

SH 62 in Ridgway, Uncompahgre River
Bridge replacement. May through November 2012 (possible 2013 work). $7.26 construction budget (FASTER).

SH 145 Telluride South
Resurfacing; 11.5 miles. April through September 2012. $5.4 million contract.


SH 145 Telluride
Intersection safety improvements (roundabout). September through October (season 1). $2.25 million construction budget, includes $900,000 from Town of Telluride (FASTER).

SH 145 at SH 62 West of Telluride, Leopard Creek
Bridge replacement. May to late 2012. $3.8 million contract (FASTER).

SH 145 at Ophir
Culvert replacement. August through October, 2012. $1.13 budget (FASTER).

US 160 Monte Vista to Alamosa
Passing lane at MP 222.44 to 226.04 (about 4 miles), season 1. July through November 2012. $10.6 million budget (FASTER).

US 285 North & South of Center
Resurfacing between MP 60 and 77, 17 miles. May to mid-August, 2012. $6.26 million contract.

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