CDOT Rehabilitating Critical Culverts in Southwest Colorado

October 10, 2014 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has a project underway to rehabilitate five critical culverts throughout its southwest region, or Region 5.

The existing culverts will be lined with a new plastic pipe slipped inside and new head walls at each end. The culvert rehabilitation will maintain the integrity of the roadway, as well as safeguard the roadway and surrounding area from the impacts of flooding.

This project was awarded to Mountain Valley Contracting for $989,851 and is scheduled for a May 2015 completion, following a winter suspension of work.

The culvert work will be completed at the following locations, in this order, with overlapping work schedules:

  • State Highway (SH) 145 – MP 67.07 just south of Telluride, San Miguel County

  • SH 145 - MP 99.70 in Norwood, San Miguel County

  • State Highway (SH) 145 – Mile Point (MP) 5.33, north of Cortez in Montezuma County

Likely, both of these next two will be completed next spring:

  • US 160 - MP 199.58 just west of Del Norte, Rio Grande County (could begin this season)

  • US 160 - MP 147.87 just east of Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County

Currently, crews are working on SH 145 MP 67.07 between Telluride and Mountain Village and will remain at this location through about October 24, weather permitting. Work is just getting started on SH 145 in Norwood and that will take approximately one month to five weeks to complete. Crews will start on the Cortez site in November.

TRAVEL IMPACTS:  The project work sites are under construction from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Most work is completed with only shoulder work with occasional one-lane closures and minor delays.

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