US 160 from Four Corners to Aztec Creek resurfacing project complete

Project Update

June 13, 2023 - Southwestern Colorado - Smoother road surfaces and new passing lanes contribute to the safety of the highway corridor
US 160 Resurfacing Project Complete
CDOT Photo: 9-mile section of US Highway 160 has been resurfaced and widened east of Four Corners Monument.

Montezuma County —The Colorado Department of Transportation and contract partner A&S Construction Company of Cañon City have completed the US 160 Four Corners to Aztec Creek resurfacing project. The two-year project started in April 2022.

The resurfacing project took place on US 160 for 9 miles from approximately Mile Point 470, at the Arizona/New Mexico state line, to MP 8, at Aztec Creek. Work included a full-depth reclamation and reconstruction of the highway. All layers of the roadway were pulverized and reused in a new hot mix asphalt paving. Other aspects of the project included shoulder widening, the construction of additional passing lanes and acceleration/deceleration lanes at the CO 41 junction. Crews also performed bridge maintenance, culvert repairs, new pavement markings and signing.

The new passing lanes will contribute to safer driving conditions and help with crash reductions while the wider shoulders will provide additional recovery space for veering vehicles or for drivers needing to pull off the travel lanes. The new surface of the highway will provide a smoother road surface and will add durability by increasing the resistance of ruts and road damage. This will allow for a smoother and safer drive for motorists.

The project included installation of new guardrail that is 31 inches high, designed to meet new safety standard requirements. The higher railing will help veering vehicles to remain on the road more effectively, making the highway safer for the traveling public. The former standard height of guardrail was 27 inches.

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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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