CDOT to Begin Preventative Maintenance Project Underway on US 160 between South Fork and Del Norte

September 1, 2015 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - RIO GRANDE COUNTY – Starting this week*, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began a preventative maintenance project on US 160 between South Fork and Del Norte.

The 15.6-mile, $1.3 million project, contracted to Oldcastle Southwest Group, will preserve the stretch of highway between mile point 186.36 and 201.44. The project is expected to be completed by mid-September, with no work underway this Friday through Monday over the Labor Day holiday weekend. (*Start date this week is dependent upon contractor’s schedule and is weather dependent.)

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. Placement of “fog coat” sealant and final striping also will occur as part of this project.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Normal work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (excluding this Friday and Monday for the Labor Day holiday weekend.) Motorists can expect 1 to 2 miles of single-lane closures, speeds reduced to 40 mph, and delays of up to 15 minutes through the work zone. Pilot car operations will be in place to help traffic move safely through the work zone. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!

PROJECT INFORMATION:  For project information or to speak to a project representative, please call & (719) 239-3739 or write to [email protected]. For updated information on all CDOT projects, the public can log onto and check Travel Alerts or Road Work  updates (as not all road work will be listed in “Travel Alerts.” To sign up for CDOT updates on projects in your chosen area, visit CDOT’s website at and choose the envelope icon at the bottom of the page. Or, to see CDOT’s lane closure reports for projects statewide, visit A brief on all upcoming projects (titled “Traffic Watchers”) in CDOT’s Region 5 (SW Colorado) is posted here: project updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” us on Facebook. Download the free CDOT Mobile for information regarding the I-70 and I-25 corridors by texting “CDOT” to 25827 or search CDOT Mobile in your App Store.