Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Second Highway Project Ground Breacking

TUESDAY, May 19, 2009


Nancy Shanks, CDOT Public Relations

(970) 385-1428 office, (970) 749-3579 mobile

CDOT Begins Second American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Project

SH 62 & US 550 in Ouray County first Western Slope ARRA highway project to break ground

OURAY COUNTY -- The Colorado Department of Transportation begins its second highway project funded with American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds on Tuesday, May 19. (The first to break ground was resurfacing on SH 88, Belleview Avenue, in Denver on May 18). This project, in CDOT's Region 5 (southwest Colorado, including the San Luis Valley), is the first Recovery Act project to break ground on the Western Slope.

"I am very excited to see this work begin. This is great news for the region," said Congressman John Salazar (CO-03). "The American Recovery Act was intended to improve America's infrastructure and keep American jobs. This is a project that accomplishes both of those goals."

CDOT contracted the work to low-bidder APC Southern Construction Company of Penrose, CO, for $6.9 million. The total cost of the project is $11.7 million--$4 million of which is coming from ARRA funds, and the remaining $7.7 million comes from CDOT Region 5 Resurfacing funds.

The project work area includes US 550 at Ridgway (through and north of the junction with SH 62, milepost 103.4 to 105) and SH 62, from Ridgway west over Dallas Divide to just east of Placerville (milepost 22 to 0.5). Bid savings allowed for the project to be increased to resurface a total of 21.5 miles of SH 62 in asphalt.

The project consists of milling, roadway resurfacing, and shoulder work on SH 62; and construction of acceleration/deceleration lanes on US 550 north of Ridgway at Mill Street (CR 10). Work hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. There will be no holiday work, and no weekend work is anticipated.

During project work hours motorists will encounter various single-lane closures through the project's completion date, set for early October 2009. Motorists should expect some travel delays, lasting approximately 10 minutes. All business accesses will be maintained, but may be temporarily altered. CDOT and APC Southern Construction greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation while driving through the work zone. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone.

To date, CDOT has committed funds for 32 ARRA projects across the state. Among those, 27 projects have been advertised for bids and CDOT has selected contractors for 20 projects. To see a list of projects, go to

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS? Call Judy Lopez with APC Southern Construction, at the project information hotline at (970) 316-1969. For information about other CDOT projects, log on to or call 511 from anywhere in the state.