Three-day closure on US 160 in Monte Vista set to begin on June 13

News Release

June 7, 2022, Southwestern Colorado, Region 5 Closure required for rail replacement at train crossing between Monroe and Euclid Streets

Rio Grande and Alamosa Counties — The Colorado Department of Transportation announces a temporary closure of US Highway 160 in Monte Vista while crews repair a railroad crossing between the intersections of Monroe Street and Euclid Street, near the Safeway store. The three-day closure will begin on Monday, June 13 and continue through Wednesday, June 16. Local traffic will be able to access all business along US 160 within the city of Monte Vista.

Detour for Through Traffic

Motorists traveling east and west through Monte Vista will be detoured south of US 160 through city streets.

  • Eastbound
    • At the intersection of 1st Avenue and Broadway Street (US 160 and US 285), travelers will turn south onto S. Broadway Avenue (CO 15). Travelers will turn east at 6th Avenue, then travel north on Henderson Road to US 160.
  • Westbound
    • Travelers will take Henderson to 6Th Avenue, then north on S. Broadway to US 160.

Monte Vista Railroad Crossing Repair Detour

Project Background

The work on the railroad crossing is part of the project that will improve approximately 16 miles of US 160 and CO 370 in Rio Grande and Alamosa counties. The project began on US 160 at mile point 215.96 in the city of Monte Vista, continuing east for more than 11 miles to MP 226.33. The project also includes four miles of resurfacing on CO 370 from MPs 4-8, South of the city of Monte Vista. Additionally, crews have completed the construction of curb and ramp upgrades at various intersections in Monte Vista to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility in Monte Vista.

Traffic Impacts for Resurfacing Work

Project work hours are daylight hours, Monday through Friday. No weekend work is currently anticipated. Motorists will encounter brief closures with single lane alternating traffic and should allow for travel delays of up to 15 minutes. Travelers are urged to slow down, use extreme caution, and watch for workers and flagging personnel.

Project Information

For additional information about this project, contact the project team:

Know Before You Go

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

Remember: Slow For The Cone 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!

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