US 160 McCabe Creek culvert replacement project in Pagosa Springs begins spring start up

Travel Advisory

March 7, 2022 - Southwestern Colorado

Archuleta County— The Colorado Department of Transportation is starting back to work after a winter shutdown of the McCabe Creek culvert replacement project on US 160 San Juan/Main Street and S. 6th Street in the town of Pagosa Springs. During the past 2021 construction season, crews worked on the replacement of aged metal culverts with new precast concrete box culverts. Approximately 30% of the work was completed during this first phase of work, which will help to establish a new downstream channel, allowing for better drainage along the road.

McCabe Creek Culvert project

“This work being done to the McCabe Creek culvert system, which runs under US 160, will provide considerable improvements both to the Pagosa community and our highway system,'' said CDOT Southwest Regional Transportation Director Julie Constan. “The new concrete culverts have great advantages over the previous metal material. They provide superior durability for runoff or flooding conditions, greater resistance to corrosion and damage due to debris, allowing for a longer life of this highway asset.”

This month crews will be working along the shoulder on the south side of the project. Motorists will not experience traffic impacts in March. Starting in April, through the remainder of the project, crews will be working on the north side of the road creating riprap lined drainage. The project operations also include concrete work, lighting installation, guardrail installation, and erosion control. The project is expected to last until the end of September 2022.

McCabe Creek project map

Travel Impacts

Daytime work hours range from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Motorists should expect some travel impacts throughout the construction of this project and be aware of lane closures and potential lane shifts that may occur. The speed limit will be reduced through the work zone. The speed limit is reduced to 25 MPH through the work zone. Please drive cautiously and watch out for workers!

Project Information

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