Night Work Underway on US 160/550 Concrete Improvement Project through Durango

DURANGO—Crews began night work this week on US 160/550 that will expedite completion of concrete surface improvements by the end of May (weather permitting).

"Night work is allowing the contractor to significantly speed up production so we can finish on time," CDOT Project Engineer Charlie Franklin said. "While daytime work inhibits travel and often business access, night work certainly has challenges of its own, namely the noise. We do realize the disturbance night work causes to nearby residents, but the benefit is that we can get our work done before summer traffic volumes make it nearly impossible."

Travel Impacts

  • Daytime Work: 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    • Saw cutting and sealing along the right side curb/roadway joint in each direction
      • This is a mobile operation, which moves along fairly quickly in the right lane only. Please drive with patience as you follow the machinery to make your right turn.
    • Grind/upgrade of surface area of the short concrete sections at each side-street approach to US 160/US 550 along the project's length
    • ADA corner curb ramp work affecting intersections at the southwest and northeast corners of 21st Street; the northwest corner of 26th Street; the northwest corner of 30th Street; and the southwest corner of 31st
      • All streets will be open, but access will be altered temporarily.
    • Work and lane closures over Junction Creek Bridge south of Durango High School will be complete by Friday, May 12.

  • Nighttime Work: 6:30 p.m. - 6:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday
    • Crews will be grinding concrete, and sawing and sealing concrete panel joints between 31st Street and the US 160 junction at the Double Tree Hotel.

    Project Details

    This $6 million project rehabilitates the concrete on US 160 and 550 through town and north Durango. The project limits lie between Tech Center Drive on US 160 west, and Animas View Drive on US 550 (north Main). Also added to the project scope was the construction of wheelchair accessible ramps at several key intersections, in partnership with the City of Durango.

    CDOT and contractor Acme Concrete Paving expect to have the project completed before the Memorial Day holiday weekend at the end of May, weather permitting. The overall benefits of the project are:

    • prolonged life of the current concrete pavement
    • enhanced highway safety for all users
    • improved roadway smoothness
    • restored skid resistance of the pavement surface

    The work that is being done to deliver these benefits is:

    • replacement and/or repairs of the damaged concrete pavement
    • removal of conflicting stripe and pavement marking "shadows"
    • installation of new pavement markings that will include the addition of bike lanes

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