US 160 East Wolf Creek Resurfacing

About the Project

The Colorado Department of Transportation is making improvements to US 160 beginning in July. Crews will  resurface approximately 11 miles in Mineral and Rio Grande Counties, from the west side of South Fork at Mile Point 185 and ending near the Wolf Creek Tunnel, MP 174.    


The work consists of milling and overlaying old worn asphalt, improving shoulders, replacing guardrail, and replacing faded sign panels. The project was contracted to Oldcastle SW Group, and is expected to be completed by the end of October 2020. 


The project will greatly enhance safety for travelers on this narrow two-lane highway. When completed motorists will experience a smoother roadway with improved safety. Busy highways must bear heavy commercial truck traffic as well as passenger vehicles. About every 10-15 years asphalt roads need to have their top layers milled and resurfaced. Periodic resurfacing of the top layer of asphalt and timely repairs can greatly extend the life of the highway pavement.

Project Facts

  • Cost: $6.3 million
  • Contractor: Old Castle Group
  • Timeline: July 2020 - October 2020
  • Location: US 160 south of South Fork, Mineral and Rio Grande County

US 160 Overlay Project Map

Proposed Work Schedule

  • Project work hours are daylight hours, Monday through Friday. No weekend work is currently anticipated.
    Project expected to be completed by October 2020.

Traffic Impacts

  • Crews will begin work at the east end of the project limits, MP 185, near South Fork, with operations advancing west toward the Wolf Creek Tunnel.
  • Expect travel delays of up to 15 minutes.
  • Motorists will encounter brief stops with single-lane alternating traffic, guided by flagging personnel.
  • The speed limit is reduced to 40 mph through the work zone.
  • Flagging personnel will be on sight to direct travelers through the area as construction equipment enters and exits the work zone. Drive with extreme caution.
  • 12-foot width restriction will be in place during project work hours.