Railcar Transfer to Impact Highway Travel in San Luis Valley

May 12, 2016 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - SAN LUIS VALLEY, CO - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced that travelers on US 160 and US 285 in the San Luis Valley may experience traffic delays this weekend.

The Rio Grande Railroad will be relocating 1000 railcars from the Southfork area to Antonito, CO beginning Fri, May 13 through Sunday, May 15.

Railroad officials say the railcar transfer will take place around the clock, 24 hours a day and may create up to 30 minute delays at railroad crossings located at several US and state highway locations (see attached map):

  • Del Norte: SH 112, MM 0.3 just north of US 160 and Oak St. intersection;

  • Monte Vista: (two crossings)

    • US 285, MM 51.3 just north of 1st Ave.;

    • US 160, MM 216.2 at Park Ave.;

  • Alamosa: US 285, MM 34.0 just south of 6th St.;

  • La Jara: SH 136, MM 0.06 just east of US 285;

  • Romeo: SH 142, MM 0.01 just east of US 285.

Several county roads will also be impacted. CDOT will install portable electronic signs to help warn motorists of the potential delays. Permanent electronic signs throughout the valley will also display warnings.   

The Colorado State Patrol will have increased patrols to specifically monitor traffic near the railroad crossings this weekend.

Area community calendars note that significant events which may contribute to increased weekend highway traffic in the San Luis Valley area include Adams State University graduation ceremonies in Alamosa and a large cattle sale near Monte Vista. The public is advised to plan trips accordingly to allow for extra time for potential delays.  

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