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US 160 Wolf Creek Sign Placement & Upgrades

Project Facts

  • Cost: $1.66 million
  • Contractor: Structures, Inc.
  • Timeline: June - November 2018

On Monday, June 4, crews started upgrading safety barrier, signage and striping on a section of US Highway 160 over Wolf Creek Pass.

Work will be completed at various areas between mile point (MP) 158—near the Treasure Falls parking area—and MP 173—about five miles east of the ski area.

Specific work includes:

  • adding concrete safety barrier at the scenie overlook entrance;
  • hanging two new static signs:
    1. at MP 172.9 that reads: "WOLF CREEK PASS, STEEP GRADES AHEAD, TRUCKS USE LOW GEAR" and
    2. at MP 169.35 that reads "STEEP GRADES 3 MILES AHEAD";
  • resetting an existing static overhead sign at MP 166.88 that reads "STEEP GRADE, WINDING ROAD NEXT 9 MILES";
  • hanging new overhead diagrammatic signs showing a hairpin curve and "YOU ARE HERE";
    (There will be two of these, at MP 166.67 and MP 163, as motorists approach the curve.)
  • installing signage above two existing truck ramp signs ("RUNAWAY TRUCK RAMP"), at MP 161.21 and MP 160.88;
    (These additional signs will be dynamic LED signs that flash "USE TRUCK RAMP" if a truck is going too fast.)
  • striping from Treasure Falls to the summit of Wolf Creek Pass (MP 158 to MP 166.5); and
  • overlaying new asphalt near the scenic overlook/hairpin curve.

Schedule & Traffic Impacts

  • Work hours: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • After Monday, Nov. 12, there may be minor travel impacts as crews place the final two sign structures.
  • In mid- to late November, the scenic overlook will re-open.

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