Paving Begins on US 160 Between Cortez and Towaoc

June 17, 2013 - PROJECT UPDATE - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - MONTEZUMA COUNTY – Starting Monday, June 24, paving will begin on US 160 between Cortez and Towaoc, as part of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s resurfacing and safety-improvement project.

Paving operations and an increase in summertime travel are likely to result in 15-minute delays through the work zone. (There will be no work and no travel impacts over the extended holiday weekend, from Wednesday, July 3, through Mondaymorning, July 8).

CDOT and contractor Old Castle SW, Inc., began this project in April, completing drainage improvements. The work was then suspended until the paving operations could begin; the project is scheduled for completion by October 2013.

Work includes resurfacing on US 160 between Cortez (MP 37, just south of the city) and Towaoc (MP 27, just north of Towaoc) and was contracted to Old Castle for $5.8 million. 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, from about 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (hours will change a little as summer progresses.) Motorists should expect 15 minute delays and single-lane, alternating traffic through the work zone.

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 or by calling 511. To receive project updates via wireless device or e-mail, visit 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.