US 160 Mancos East to Mancos Hill: new work hours, new detour information

July 24, 2012 - PROJECT UPDATE - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - MONTEZUMA COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor A & S Construction have begun paving and lane closures this week on a project to resurface US 160 east of Mancos.

The project improves the driving surface, provides correction on curves where needed and extends the shoulder width in critical areas from Mancos east seven miles to Mancos Hill, or mile marker 56 east to 63.

The project involves a “mill and fill” operation, in which crews will mill off the top 1 1/2 inches of asphalt to remove the damaged/cracked surface; resurface the milled pavement with two inches of new asphalt; then overlay the entire stretch with another two inches of new asphalt to add strength and durability to the highway surface and extend its life by about 11 years. Other modifications include guardrail work, culvert extensions, sign replacements, bridge work, pavement markings, erosion control work, and minor shoulder widening. The work is scheduled for completion on November 23, 2012.

A & S Construction of Canon City was awarded a $5.62 million contract for this project, which is scheduled for completion on November 23, 2012.

GENERAL US 160 TRAFFIC IMPACTS: Working hours will be from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be lane closures with single-lane, alternating traffic during the construction of this project. There will be no weekend work.

DETOUR DURING BRIDGE WORK: From August 21 through October 9, weather permitting; there will be a detour through the town of Mancos for US 160 bridge rehabilitation work on the east end of town (bridge rail and bridge deck repairs and upgrades). Eastbound traffic will be detoured onto the US 160 Business Route and westbound traffic will remain on US 160, using the single-lane available on the bridge. This detour will remain in place 24/7 throughout this rehabilitation work.

For more information contact Jennifer Holmes, project public information manager, at 970-459-4449. For information on other CDOT projects, the public may call 511 from anywhere in the state, log on to or sign up to receive project updates for specific highways/areas by going to and choosing the green cell phone icon in the right-hand corner of the page.

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