US 160 McCabe Creek culvert replacement in Pagosa Springs is complete

Project Update

June 29, 2023 - Southwestern Colorado - Improvements include new drainage structures, enhanced sidewalk safety features & updated guardrails
US 160 completed culvert repair
CDOT Photo: The Colorado Department of Transportation announces the completion of the McCabe Creek Culvert Project located on US 160 in downtown Pagosa Springs

Archuleta County — The Colorado Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Four Corners Materials, announces the completion of the McCabe Creek culvert replacement project on US 160 in the town of Pagosa Springs.

This project replaced outdated metal culverts with new precast concrete box culverts. The new culverts are more durable in diverse environmental conditions, such as excessive amounts of rainfall or spring run-off from the mountains and drainage basin north of Pagosa Springs. The new culverts also provide increased resistance to corrosion and debris-induced damage, improved hydraulic efficiency and an extended lifespan.

In addition to the culvert replacement, the project encompassed the implementation of riprap lined drainage improvements. These shoreline protection and structure stability enhancements have created a new upstream and downstream channel, enabling more efficient drainage under the roadway and minimizing the risk of flooding. The improved drainage system contributes to the overall safety and functionality of the roadway.

More safety improvements include updated guardrails and bridge rails to safeguard against vehicles veering off the roadway and promoting safer travel for motorists. Utilities that were replaced include a new waterline, gas lines, geothermal pipes and underground electric lines.

Additionally, sidewalk enhancements and lighting were incorporated into the project, promoting ADA compliant pedestrian accessibility and safety. The improved sidewalks provide a more convenient and secure pathway for pedestrians, fostering a pedestrian-friendly environment in Pagosa Springs.

side view of US 160 completed culvert repair
CDOT Photo: The original metal culverts were replaced with new concrete box culverts improving hydraulic efficiency and adding to the longevity of the highway.

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