US 160 Wildlife Crossings - La Plata & Archuleta Counties

Project Update

Through the end of June and into the first part of July (weather and availability of materials permitting), crews will focus on the wildlife overpass. Building the concrete sidewalls, backfilling the sidewalls and seeding the natural landscaping on the bridge will complete the project.

Project Facts

  • Cost: $11 million
  • Contractor: Ralph L. Wadsworth
  • Timeline: March - November 2021
  • Location:  13 miles west of Pagosa Springs and 37 miles east of Durango, La Plata & Archuleta Counties

US 160 Wildlife Crossing Artist Rendering

Artist's Rendering of US 160 Wildlife Crossing

About the Project:

The main goal of the project is constructing a new wildlife mitigation structures. Other construction includes improvements to the highway and intersection. The is located approximately 13 miles west of Pagosa Springs and 37 miles east of Durango (MM 126-128). New safety features for motorists and animals will include: 

  • Wildlife underpass 
  • Wildlife overpass 
  • 8-foot-tall exclusion fence along both sides of US 160
  • Earthen escape ramps and deer guards 
  • Extension of the existing westbound passing lane on US 160
  • Construction of a left-turn acceleration lane on US 160 at the CO 151 intersection
  • Pavement resurfacing along a two mile stretch of US 160

Critter cam image

The wildlife underpass is already seeing usage
by animals, capture by CDOT's critter cam.  

View the Project Video

Work Schedule

  • Daytime work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
  • Work is expected to be completed by the end of April, weather permitting.

Traffic Impacts

  • Fifteen-minute delays are expected.
  • Speeds will be reduced to 30 mph in the work zone. Please keep speeds down for the safety of everyone.
  • Shoulder and single lane closures are anticipated through the duration of the project.