CDOT releases groundbreaking video for US 550—US 160 Connection South project

News Release

November 10, 2020 - Southwestern Colorado

LA PLATA COUNTY - In lieu of an on-site, in-person gathering during COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Transportation produced a video to highlight the recent start of the US 550-US 160 Connection South project underway in south Durango, near Farmington Hill. In the 8.5-minute video, CDOT presents a brief overview that includes the project's history, introduces key construction team members and project leaders, and provides details of construction features.

US 160, US 550 Connection South Groundbreaking Video

Groundbreaking Video

Click on the photo, above, or visit CDOT’s YouTube Channel to view the video: Project Groundbreaking Video.

Currently, the $98.6 million, three season design-build project is focusing on construction of the 600-foot bridge over Gulch A, just south of the US 160 interchange (please refer to the project web site for a construction graphic and additional photos). The Gulch A bridge substructure will be under construction over the next several months, as will continued earthwork for the new US 550 alignment.

Project Contact Information


Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for all of us, particularly for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, CDOT maintenance and construction crews follow social distancing and other health safety measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. The public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO by practicing social distancing and wearing face masks. As traffic returns to normal levels, motorists must drive cautiously and heed the speed limit so all of us can return home safely. 

Whole System. Whole Safety.  

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.