Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Construction Completed on US160 Early

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 3, 2009

 

Contact: 

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

 

CDOT COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION ON AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) PROJECT ON US 160 EAST OF ALAMOSA-AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

Contractor Elam Construction earns top smoothness rating for resurfacing
on US 160


ALAMOSA COUNTY - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) completed construction on a resurfacing project on US 160 east of Alamosa today, September 3. This American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded project is the first to be completed in CDOT's Region 5 (southwest/south-central Colorado). The project has resurfaced a seven-mile section of US 160 between mile point 233.5 (just west of SH 17) to mile point 240.3. Work also included asphalt milling and resurfacing at the junction with SH 17 (including a short section of SH 17), where the highway surface is heavily rutted. Work was finished ahead of its original completion date of September 21.

 

The project contractor, Elam Construction, has earned a top rating for highway smoothness on their asphalt resurfacing work. The highway received the highest smoothness rating for its class (a "mill and fill" paving operation), since the newer "Halfcar Roughness Index" was introduced into the asphalt industry in 2005. Not only does the pavement rank first in its class for smoothness, but this is the 3rd-smoothest project ever built under the newer HRI  pecification.  (The HRI sets the international standard for pavement smoothness.) The project was programmed to receive ARRA funding in the amount of $4.5 million; it was 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 covered the total project cost, which includes non-biddable items such as construction engineering, contractor  ncentive payments, Emerging Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program payments, etc.) In all, Colorado will receive more than $400 million for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects statewide.

 

For a list of CDOT's Recovery Act projects and additional ARRA information, visit www.dot.state.co.us/arra