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US 160 Wolf Creek Sign Placement & Upgrades

Project Facts

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

The work began on June 4, 2018, as crews began upgrading safety barrier, signage and striping on a section of US Highway 160 over Wolf Creek Pass, primarily on the west side.

The project, located between mile points 158 (at the Treasure Falls turn out) and 173, was substantially completed in December 2018. In early March 2019, a final solar panel test will be conducted to fully complete the work.

The project involved:

  • 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


No current travel impacts; the project was substantially complete in early December 2018, with only one day of solar panel testing in March 2019 yet to be completed.

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