State Transportation Commission to Tour Southwest Colorado Project Sites

May 10, 2018 - CDOT hosts 2018 Infrastructure Week statewide tour

CDOT and members of Colorado's Transportation Commission (TC) will tour the southwestern part of the state on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17, as part of National Infrastructure Week. CDOT and TC members will join local elected officials, community leaders and stakeholders at events to discuss the role of transportation and its importance to Colorado's economy.

"CDOT has an annual $1 billion shortfall to meet the transportation and mobility demands of our state and ensure we continue to enjoy a high quality of life,"" said Mike McVaugh, CDOT's Southwest Colorado transportation director. "CDOT has a vision for improving our transportation system. Our goal is to deliver improvements, often incrementally, as funding is secured for projects like the US 160 bridges which we can now connect with US 550. Building a strong transportation system and infrastructure allows us to compete economically and continue to enjoy a high quality of life."

The Infrastructure Week tour will highlight unfunded priorities in the region, such as needed road widening and highway reconstruction needs in areas along US 160 and US 550. The tour will also provide the opportunity for the TC to see firsthand several completed projects that have improved our transportation system in the region.

Statewide Tour Schedule
May 14-18

CDOT and TC members will take a bus tour to visit and learn more about CDOT's projects and vision around the entire state including the Front Range, I-70 corridor, I-25 corridor, Western Slope and Southwest Colorado.

Southwest Colorado Tour Schedule
May 16-17

CDOT and TC members will tour and view completed and future project sites along the Western Slope and Southwest Colorado, with emphasis on US 50/US 550 corridor from Montrose to Durango.

Wednesday, May 16
Southwest Road Trip Highlights

US 550 Billy Creek Improvements (needed project)
CO 62 RAMP UP Ridgway Reconstruction (completed 2017)
US 550 Ridgway to Ouray Shoulder Widening (needed project)
US 550 Bear Creek Bridge (completed 2011)
US 550 Ruby Walls Rock Fall Mitigation (completed 2015)
US 550 Riverside Snow Shed Lighting (current project)
US 550 Crib Walls, Red Mountain and Molas Passes (completed 2016-17)
US 550 Purgatory/Coal Bank Chain Station (completed 2015)

Thursday, May 17
Southwest Colorado Project Highlight

Site Visit: US 550 - US 160 Connection Project
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Walking Trail at Wilson Gulch Road and High Llama Lane, east of Durango
Media Contact: Communications Manager Lisa Schwantes, 970-749-2015

About Infrastructure Week

Infrastructure Week 2018 (May 14-18) is a national week of education and advocacy to draw attention to the importance of infrastructure to our nation's economy, jobs, communities and future. Learn more at