CDOT to begin US 160 Intersection Improvements in Pagosa Springs

February 26, 2020 - Southwestern Colorado

News Release

ARCHULETA COUNTY — On Monday, March 2, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work on updating traffic signals along US Highway 160 at Pinon Causeway, Lewis Street, and Hot Springs Boulevard in Pagosa Springs. Crews will be removing and replacing outdated equipment, installing new traffic signals, vehicle detection systems, and pedestrian movement systems. This project was contracted to Bixby Electric for $1.5 million.

Based on increased traffic volumes and the intersections being located in the busy business corridor of Pagosa Springs, CDOT recommended replacement of the signals to improve the safety and efficiency for all users. This includes multi-modal improvements for motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians including push buttons with pedestrian specific signal phasing. 

This project is part of CDOT’s “Whole System. Whole Safety.” initiative aimed at enhancing safety for Colorado’s traveling public. In addition to improving safety, the upgrades will help improve traffic flow.   


  • Work on US 160 is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 2. Work is expected to be completed by the end of May 2020.

  • Work will begin at US 160 and Pinon Causeway, with staggering construction start-ups at the intersections of Lewis Street and Hot Springs Boulevard every two to three weeks. Work will occur simultaneously at the intersections through the end of May.  
  • Normal work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Some night work will be performed during this project. 


  • All pedestrians and motorized vehicles should expect travel impacts throughout the construction project. 

  • Motorists should be aware of lane closures and lane shifts in the intersections. 

  • Motorists are urged to obey speed reductions and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone. 

  • Detailed information will be disseminated on a weekly basis and updated when more significant impacts are expected. 


The project includes the following intersections along US 160 in Pagosa Springs:

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Project Limits of Construction Work Zone


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!


In early 2019, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness. This initiative 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 inter-regional express service. Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s multimodal mobility options.