Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Project on SH 13 Has Resumed






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

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Project on SH 13 Has Resumed

Reconstruction set for completion by October 1, 2010


RIO BLANCO COUNTY – Work is back underway on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s 5.3-mile reconstruction and resurfacing project on SH 13 over Rio Blanco Divide (between Rifle and Meeker). The $13 million project, paid for with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), was contracted to Elam Construction of Grand Junction.


The project will reconstruct and provide a full-depth resurfacing (with recycled asphalt) of SH 13 over the Rio Blanco Divide between mile points 25.46 and 30.75. The project is adding 8-foot paved shoulders—enhancing safety for both motorists and bicyclists—and climbing lanes. The work also improves the embankments, drainage systems, signing and striping.


Last season, crews completed the extensive drainage work, which involved the replacement of three culverts. In addition, a short detour was constructed in order to excavate 30 feet down to replace a 96-inch corrugated steel drainage pipe. (This temporary detour has since been removed.)


“This is a critically important transportation route for both commercial and personal travel,” Congressman John Salazar (CO-03) said. “Anyone who has driven this stretch of Highway 13 knows that these upgrades and improvements will go a long way to providing a safer, more easily traveled route. I’m glad that stimulus funding has helped make this project a reality. I will continue to support projects like these; projects that help maintain our infrastructure and provide employment for hard working Americans.”


TRAFFIC IMPACTS: During work hours, Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM, motorists will encounter single-lane, alternating traffic and a 14’ width restriction. Delays of up to 10 minutes should be anticipated.


This Recovery Act-funded project extends the SH 13 Rio Blanco Divide improvements that were completed in 2007 between mile points 30.75 and 33.60. The work is set for completion by October 1, 2010.


In all, Colorado will receive more than $400 million for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects. For more information about how Colorado is putting the recovery act to work, visit


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