Highway Improvements Begin on US 160 Between Cortez and Towaoc

April 23, 2013 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Traffic impacts this week and next; the work is suspended until mid-June.

MONTEZUMA COUNTY – Colorado Department of Transportation contractor Old Castle SW, Inc., has begun a project to resurface on US 160 between Cortez (MP 37, just south of the city) and Towaoc (MP 27, just north of Towaoc). The project was contracted to Old Castle for $5.8 million.

Through May 3, crews will be preparing for paving and installing new culverts near CR D and CR E. The work will then be suspended until about mid-June, when resurfacing will begin. The project will greatly improve the highway’s surface and ‘rideability’ by recycling the top two inches of existing asphalt, then overlaying the roadway with  three inches of new asphalt. Work also includes removal and replacement of guardrail, as well as drainage improvements (with the culvert installation).

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Work will be done Monday through Friday, with hours changing as summer progresses—from 30 minutes after sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset. Motorists should expect 15 minute delays and single-lane, alternating traffic through the work zone. These impacts will occur through (or before) May 3, be suspended until mid-June, then continue through the project’s completion in October 2013.

PROJECT INFORMATION: For additional information or questions about the project, the public may contact Marty Punchak at (970) 254-3288. Updated information regarding traffic impacts on this or other CDOT projects is available at www.cotrip.org or by calling 511. To receive project updates via wireless device or e-mail, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner. The link takes you to a list of items/areas you can subscribe to.