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Press Release - US 160 Resurfacing East of Alamosa Begins


July 13, 2009

Nancy Shanks, CDOT Public Relations
(970) 385-1428 or (970) 749-3579

US 160 Resurfacing east of Alamosa Begins

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins another American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project today, July 13, 2009. This project, which will resurface a seven-mile section of US 160 east of Alamosa, is the second ARRA-funded project to break ground in CDOT’s Region 5 (southwest Colorado, including the San Luis Valley; the first was a resurfacing and safety-improvement project on SH 62 over Dallas Divide in Ouray and San Miguel counties). The project east of Alamosa will resurface US 160 between mile point 233.5 (just west of SH 17) to mile point 240.3 (west of Baca Lane), with a completion date of September 21.

Work involves pavement leveling and overlay on US 160; it will also include the milling and resurfacing at the junction with SH 17 (including a short section of SH 17), where the highway surface is heavily rutted.

“Thanks to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act we can finally make significant improvements to the critical intersection of US 160 and Colorado Highway 17 in east Alamosa, as well as a lengthy stretch of US 160 in eastern Alamosa County,” Congressman John Salazar (CO-03) said. “I thank the hard work of the participants of the San Luis Valley Regional Planning Commission for recommending and prioritizing this stretch of US 160 for funding. These improvements will help our farmers and ranchers get to market, our communities to safely travel to and from work, and will welcome visitors traveling to the beautiful San Luis Valley. “

The project was programmed to receive ARRA funding in the amount of $4.5 million; it is contracted to Elam Construction, Inc., of Grand Junction for $2.046 million. A portion of the bid savings—$403,392—was retained to extend the paving for an additional 1.174 miles (on the east end to mile point 240.3), as specified in the contractor bid process for this project. The balance of the bid savings—$741,411—was returned to the Region 5 ARRA pool for redistribution to other ARRA projects. (The remaining $1 million covers the total project cost, which includes non-biddable items such as construction engineering, incentive payments, Emerging Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program payments, etc.)

For information on this project, the public may call (719) 480-1440. For information on other CDOT projects statewide, the public may log on to or call 511. Thank you for going slow for the cone zone!

In all, Colorado will receive more than $400 million for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects statewide. For more information about how Colorado is putting the recovery act to work, visit For a list of CDOT's Recovery Act projects and additional ARRA information, visit