CDOT, Southern Ute Tribe Resurface Entire 34-Mile Stretch of SH 151

May 17, 2012 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - LA PLATA & ARCHULETA COUNTIES – Work is underway to resurface the entire 34-mile stretch of SH 151 between Ignacio and the junction of US 160.

During a dry spell this past winter, CDOT maintenance crews sealed cracks on the highway in preparation for the chip seal resurfacing. A chip seal operation is done to protect a highway that is in good or fair condition. What sets this project apart from others underway right now is the partnership that enabled it to move forward.

“We were able to resurface the entire highway due to a partnership with the Southern Ute Tribe,” said CDOT Region 5 Maintenance Superintendent Kyle Lester. “The tribe purchased materials and we completed the sealing and leveling on the highway and contracted the project. We expect this work will extend the life of this highway seven years.”

The project was contracted for $1.3 million to Intermountain Slurry Seal.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursdays, motorists will encounter single-lane, alternating traffic and delays. Project will wrap up this week or next.

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