US Highway 160 east of La Veta Pass resurfacing to begin

News Release

June 2, 2022 - South/Eastern Colorado Region 2

Huerfano County —The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin surface treatment work on Monday. Work will take place along US Highway 160, east of La Veta Pass.

Highway 160 LaVeta Resurfacing Map

The resurfacing project is anticipated to take six months to complete. Initial work will include setting up the work zone and removing the existing pavement surface. The work includes resurfacing of approximately 15 miles of roadway that will incorporate asphalt milling and repaving; guardrail replacement; and final striping. The project was contracted to APC Southern/Oldcastle SW and is expected to be completed in November 2022.

“Resurfacing this portion of US 160 is a significant undertaking. We are working to ensure the project is conducted safely and efficiently,” said CDOT Regional Transportation Director Rich Zamora. “We appreciate the cooperation and patience of the public while we make these improvements.”

The project will improve and prolong the life of the road surface. Work will primarily consist of resurfacing the roadway, using a milling and repaving process. Work will be done in both the eastbound and westbound lanes for an 11-mile stretch of US 160 on the eastside of La Veta Pass to Colorado Highway 12. A smooth road or highway has many important benefits including safety and improved quality for driving experience. A smoother surface also offers safer driving for motorists.

Traffic Impacts

Work hours are during daylight hours, Monday through Friday. Vehicles may be reduced to a single-lane, alternating traffic intermittently in either direction, throughout the duration of the project. These lane closures, guided by flaggers, may have up to 15-minute delays. The speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph through the work zone. The project is expected to be complete before December.

Project Information

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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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