US 160 Wildlife Crossings - La Plata & Archuleta Counties

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 overpass and underpass. Other safety improvements include an extension of the WB passing lane and an extension of the WB acceleration lane at the US 160/CO 151 intersection. The project's two-mile stretch will also be resurfaced.

Work Schedule

  • Daytime work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • The project is expected to last into late fall. 

Traffic Impacts

  •  A temporary signal will be installed to facilitate the completion of phase one of the underpass, reducing vehicles to a single-lane and alternating traffic intermittently in either direction.
  • Fifteen-minute delays are expected.
  • Speeds will be reduced to 30 mph in the work zone.
  • Advance public notice will be given for night work to take place for the construction of the overpass requiring a full shutdown of US 160 for approximately five nights. Alternate routes are advised. 

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