CDOT begins improvement project on US 160 in Walsenburg on September 30

September 20, 2019 - Southeastern Colorado - The project is part of CDOT’s statewide infrastructure enhancements and Whole System – Whole Safety initiative

PUEBLO, CO – CDOT and contractor, Walsenburg Sand & Gravel will begin drainage, curb ramp and sidewalk improvements on US 160 between Olive and Ysidro in the City of Walsenburg on Monday, September 30. The improvements constitute Phase 2 of a project already underway on I-25C (Walsen) between Pine and Spruce. The project supports CDOT’s 40-year statewide multimodal plan to enhance the safety, mobility, and economic vitality of the state and their new Whole System - Whole Safety initiative.

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This two-phase project is designed to improve pedestrian and bicycle accessibility for residents, patrons of businesses, and travelers to the region. The project includes upgrading curb ramps to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities) compliance, repairing sidewalks, installing permanent traffic control devices, and making pedestrian crossing improvements. Other work includes widening shoulders, making drainage improvements and implementing permanent erosion control measures.


CDOT anticipates some travel impact to motorized traffic and high impact to pedestrians during the period of construction. Other impacts include:

  • Sidewalk, shoulder and lane closures will be in place during the period of construction.

  • Speeds will be reduced in the work zone.

    • Signs and flagger operations will redirect vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists during construction.


The project kicked off on April 22 and is expected to last until late November 2019. Working hours are Mon. to Fri. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No weekend or observed holiday work is expected.


The project is located on I-25C (Walsen Ave) between Pine (MP 2.30) and Spruce (MP 1.90) and on U.S. Highway 160 (Seventh Avenue) between Olive Street (MP 304.72) and Ysidro Street (MP 304.85). 


Get direct email announcements and updates by signing up at [email protected]. For additional information about this project, call the local project information line at 719.766.1185, or visit the project website at For information on any lane closures, please visit, or call 511. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at


The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.

  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.

  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.

  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.

  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.

  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.

  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.

  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.

  • Be patient!


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.