CDOT Begins Preventative Maintenance Project on US 160 East of Alamosa

July 30, 2015 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - ALAMOSA/COSTILLA COUNTIES – On Wednesday, July 26, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began a preventative maintenance project on US 160 between Alamosa and Fort Garland.

The $1.7 million (total budget) project, contracted to A-One Chip Seal, will preserve the stretch of highway between the intersection of SH 17 (mile point 234) and the intersection with SH 159 in Fort Garland (approximately MP 258).

A chip seal is a good example of CDOT’s Asset Management Program, or getting the most out of the money the department puts into physical assets:  pavement, bridges, tunnels and more. A chip seal is a preventative maintenance measure designed to extend the life of a highway that is in good or fair condition.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Motorists will encounter a lowered speed limit (to 40 mph) and single-lane, alternating traffic with some delays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. To accommodate the heavier morning commute near Alamosa, there will be no lane closures between MP 235 and 237 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Motorists are urged to drive with caution and maintain a safe following distance on freshly chip-sealed surfaces to avoid chipped windshields. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!

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