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Press Release: SH 92 Reconstruction Project Begins



July 17, 2009

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

CDOT Breaks Ground on Another American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Project
SH 92 Reconstruction in Delta County the first of CDOT Region 3 (northwest) ARRA highway projects

DELTA COUNTY-- The Colorado Department of Transportation begins another highway project funded with American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds on July 20, 2009. The work represents the first Recovery Act project to break ground in CDOT's Region 3 (northwest Colorado) and the second on the state's Western Slope.

This project was set to receive $11.9 million in ARRA funding; $1.5 million was returned to CDOT's Region 3 ARRA pool, however, due to contractor bid savings. The $10.4 million in ARRA funds goes to the $6.9 million contract of low-bidder Tezak Heavy Equipment, Inc., of Canon City. ARRA funds also cover CDOT's construction engineering and other non-biddable costs (contractor contingency items such as fuel cost adjustments, minor contract revisions, incentives, etc.)

"Thanks to funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act we can continue to make significant improvements to this stretch of Highway 92," Congressman John Salazar (CO-03) said. "The new climbing lanes and paved shoulders that this project will create will make all of our experience smoother and easier as we travel to and from Delta County. I will continue to work to provide necessary funding for projects like this one; projects that improve our infrastructure and provide jobs for hard working people on the West Slope."

This safety-improvement project consists of reconstruction and minor realignment of SH 92 between mile points 9.7 (west of Delta) and 13.82 in Delta County. The reconstruction will add new climbing lanes and paved shoulders. Preliminary work involves excavation and embankment work, drainage culvert replacement, asphalt paving, seeding and mulching, signing and striping.

This project extends from the reconstruction on SH 92 already underway. In March 2009, reconstruction and resurfacing began on a 3-mile section of SH 92 between Austin and Hotchkiss (between mile posts 7 and 10). Work on this stretch was awarded to Scott Contracting of Henderson for $9.2 million and will be completed in December 2009.

The project is set for completion in late October 2010, following a winter suspension. CDOT and Tezak Heavy Equipment greatly appreciate motorists' patience, cooperation and their driving 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

For mor information about this project, Call Tezak Heavy Equipment, Inc., at the project information hotline at (970) 201-3218. For information about other CDOT projects, log on to or call 511 from anywhere in the state.