US 40 Berthoud Pass Paving Project

Project Complete!

The Colorado Department of Transportation advanced a paving project on US Highway 40, on the west side of Berthoud Pass near Winter Park. The severe freeze-thaw cycle this year has caused significant damage to many of Colorado’s roadways, but in particular US 40 Berthoud Pass. After a difficult winter season, CDOT requested and received $25 million of additional funding from the Colorado Transportation Commission to address critical pavement conditions across the state such as permanent repair of potholes.  

Since then, the CDOT maintenance team has led a rapid effort to prioritize where dollars were most needed, based on the extensive knowledge that local patrols’ plow operators have of the winter damage. They have worked closely with the CDOT engineering team to develop scopes of work for projects too large to execute in-house. Berthoud Pass is the largest project to result from this effort.

A ten mile section of Berthoud Pass will be milled and paved at a two inch depth from Mile Point 233-243, creating a smoother and safer ride for residents, businesses and visitors. Currently the contracted team is crushing aggregate materials that make up the base for the asphalt that will be used for paving. Major paving operations on US 40 at Berthoud Pass will begin in early August. The project is anticipated to be complete by late October, 2023.

Project Benefits

  • Improved roadway driving surface.


Project Facts

  • Construction Cost: $7.3 Million
  • Contractor: APC Southern
  • Timeline: August - November 2023
  • Location: US 40 a ten-mile section westbound on Berthoud Pass
    • Nearest Town/City: between Empire and Winter Park
    • Mile Point(s): 233 to 243
    • County: Grand County