Eastern TPR, Commissioner Beedy celebrate first work on US 385 completion

News Release

March 21, 2022 - Northeastern Colorado
Gary Beedy, Transportation Commissioner, cutting the ribbon with members of the Eastern TPR in Akron
Gary Beedy, Transportation Commissioner, cuts the ribbon with members of the Eastern TPR in Akron last week to celebrate the completion of the US 385 project south of Holyoke near the Yuma and Phillips County lines.

Eastern Colorado – One of the top priorities for the Eastern Transportation Planning Region in CDOT’s 10-Year Plan, US 385, was celebrated last week as the first of several rural paving projects on US 385.

The $6.35 million US 385 project added shoulders and paved more than six miles of the highway south of Holyoke. The project started in July 2021 and ended in February.

This project was located south of Holyoke, beginning at the Phillips/Yuma County line and extended south 6.3 miles. A total of 33,000 cubic yards of embankment and road base were placed for the addition of six-foot shoulders. Drainage pipes were replaced. The existing roadway was milled and 40,000 tons of hot mix asphalt was placed. The roadway slopes were seeded and new signs and delineators were placed.

Key safety improvements:

  • Addition of six-foot shoulders to accommodate agricultural and truck traffic
  • Curve cross slopes were brought up to current standards
  • Centerline and edge rumble strips were added
  • New signs, delineators, and pavement markings were placed

Key points:

  • The project was completed on time and budget
  • No reported accidents during construction
  • Roadway smoothness test results were great
  • Asphalt quality reports were outstanding
  • More US 385 projects are planned including one this summer to go for 10 miles north of Holyoke.