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US 160 Project Draws Resident Compliment

CDOT and prime contractor Four Corners Materials are underway with a project to resurface and improve U.S. 160 between Cortez and Mancos, including the interchange that takes travelers to Mesa Verde National Park.  It is the first upgrade for that stretch of highway since 1997.

Sue Simmons of Mancos recently wrote a letter to the editor of the Cortez Journal to say, "I would like to commend all the workers and companies who are repaving U.S. 160 east of Cortez.  We live close to Mesa Verde and have never had to wait more than a few minutes on our way to Mancos or Cortez.  Everyone is courteous, friendly, and accommodating.  The road is smooth and a pleasure to drive.  It is an amazing process and uses all recycled material."

The project's total cost is expected to be about $9.9 million, with $4.6 million coming from federal Public Lands Highway funds.  The project should wrap up by late August, 2012.

Craig Glazier of HDR Engineering is the consultant project engineer.  CDOT employees working on the project are Karthik Reballi (EIT I), assistant project engineer; Ben Miles (EPS Technician I), inspector; and Allan Winters (TM-I), tester.

The scene below shows the recycling and resurfacing train putting down the new driving surface amid spectacular Southwestern Colorado mesa and canyon country scenery.

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