Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Highway Project Begins in La Plata County

The Colorado Department of Transportation
www.dot.state.co.us

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2010

 

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

AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) FUNDS ACCELERATE SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS TO US 160 IN LA PLATA COUNTY

The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun another project funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in La Plata County. This project—which receives $4 million in ARRA funding—will relocate and improve the intersection of US 160 and La Plata County roads 222/223, east of Durango. Initial work underway includes relocation of utilities and roadside clearing in preparation for construction. Contractor Four Corners Materials of Cortez has set a completion date of May 26, 2011.


The project work zone on US 160 extends from mile post 92.9 through mile post 94.8 (east of the Florida River Bridge). Work will relocate the current intersection of CR 222/223 and US 160 approximately one mile to the east, improving the configuration of this junction by constructing a traditional “T” intersection. The intersection relocation will also improve sight distance—and thus safety—for motorists on both US 160 and the county roads.


The project will also include minor highway widening on US 160 (adding acceleration and deceleration lanes), the construction of new right-of-way and wildlife fencing, and drainage improvements. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.—however, US 160 traffic will only be impacted between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM. There will be no holiday work, and no weekend work is anticipated at this time. The speed limit will be reduced, and motorists may encounter delays of up to 10 minutes.
 

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS? Contact Marty Punchak with Four Corners Materials at (970) 769-5243. For information about other CDOT projects, log on to www.cotrip.org or call 511 from anywhere in the state. CDOT and Four Corners Materials greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation while driving through the work zone. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!

In all, Colorado will receive ARRA Funds of 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 www.colorado.gov/recovery. For a list of CDOT’s Recovery Act projects and additional ARRA information, visit www.dot.state.co.us/arra.