CDOT to Begin Concrete Reconstruction of US 160/South Broadway in Cortez

June 12, 2012 - PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Cortez, CO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin reconstruction on US 160/South Broadway later this month along a 1.1-mile stretch of between McElmo and Main streets.

The reconstruction project was awarded to Lawson Construction for $4.8 million earlier this month. It will include removal of existing asphalt and concrete resurfacing, with storm drainage and traffic signalization improvements at Main Street (at the junction of US 160 and US 491). CDOT anticipates starting the improvements in late June 2012 and completing construction by December 2012.

PUBLIC MEETING: CDOT and Lawson Construction will be hosting a public meeting on June 28 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cortez Recreation Center to provide project details to the public and stakeholders. The Cortez Recreation Center is located at 425 Roger Smith Avenue, Cortez, CO 81321. There will be a brief presentation at 6:00 p.m. A Spanish interpreter will be available.

The public will have a chance to meet the project team, find out about the improvements, schedule, construction phasing and traffic management. The project is designed extend the life of the highway 30 years.

“Given the poor sub-grade soils and numerous utilities beneath the existing asphalt surface, concrete reconstruction was determined to be the best solution for this stretch of highway,” CDOT Resident Engineer Mike Coggins said. “When the project is complete, roadway maintenance on this stretch will be minimal and motorists will travel through this area without roadwork impacts for many years.”

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