Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Web Update: US-285 Resurfacing Starts in Saguache County

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DOT.STATE.CO.US/ARRA

WEB UPDATE
August 25, 2009


Contact:

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


CDOT BEGINS AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) FUNDED PROJECT IN SAN LUIS VALLEY

Resurfacing on US 285 south of Saguache begins Thursday


SAGUACHE COUNTY -- On Thursday, August 27, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a project to resurface a 9.48-mile stretch of US 285 south of Saguache. The work is being paid for through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and involves a pavement overlay (one inch of leveling course and two inches of new asphalt) between mile posts 77.5 and 86.98.


"Thanks to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this critical stretch of Highway 285 can now be resurfaced as recommended by the San Luis Valley Regional Planning Commission," Congressman John Salazar (CO-03) said. "Travelers between Center and Saguache will soon have a safer road to commute and move their goods to market. I will continue to work to provide necessary funding for projects like this one; projects that improve our infrastructure and provide jobs for the hard working people of Southern Colorado."


The project has received ARRA funding in the amount of $6.7 million for the total cost of the project; it was contracted to Elam Construction, Inc., for $4.9 million. The total project cost includes non-biddable items such as construction engineering, contractor incentive payments, Emerging Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program payments, etc.



In all, Colorado will receive more than $400 million from ARRA for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects. For a list of CDOT's Recovery Act projects, visit www.dot.state.co.us/arra.