CDOT completes ADA ramp enhancement project  on US 550/US 160 in Durango

July 17, 2019 - Southwestern Colorado

La Plata County — The Colorado Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the completion of the U.S. Highways 550/US 160 ADA ramp enhancement project in Durango. The project started four months ago, in March, and was completed on time. Western Gravel Constructors was the contractor selected for the $600,000 project.  

Crews made improvements to 10 intersections throughout Durango which enhanced safety as part of CDOT's "Whole System -Whole Safety" program. Work included the installation or upgrading of 19 ramps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Improvements were also made to curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. 

The ADA ramp enhancement project was also part of an $85 million statewide initiate for communities to comply with ADA federal laws, providing functional accessibility to all travelers using our state and U.S. highways. The statewide initiative is expected to be completed by the year 2021. 


To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.


CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.