Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Highway Project Begins in San Luis Valley

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 13, 2010

 

CONTACT

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

CDOT BEGINS ANOTHER AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT FUNDED PROJECT IN SAN LUIS VALLEY
Resurfacing on US 160 east of Del Norte

RIO GRANDE COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun another resurfacing project in the San Luis Valley that will improve US 160 east of Del Norte. This project is made possible with $ 7.5 million in funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), as well an additional $482,000 in CDOT resurfacing funds.


“We had a number of great ARRA projects this past construction season, with many winning state and national awards for quality,” CDOT Region 5 Transportation Director Richard Reynolds said. “We also had great prices and these savings allowed us to fund this resurfacing project on US 160 east of Del Norte. In addition to repaving almost 15 miles of US 160, we will be adding Americans with Disability Act-approved sidewalk ramps to aid access from the highway to Del Norte's sidewalks.”


CDOT contractor, APC Southern Construction Company of Penrose, began lowering manholes and water/sewer connections last week, and paving began Monday, April 12. The project will resurface the highway east of town between MP 201 and 215. (A previous ARRA-funded project a project resurfaced a 3.3-mile stretch of US 160 west of Del Norte, from mile post 197.7 to MP 201.) Additional work consists of shoulder milling/paving and curb and sidewalk through the town of Del Norte, which will include ADA ramps (Americans with Disabilities Act).


"I'm glad that Recovery Act funding has helped provide needed resurfacing on this stretch of Highway 160 and sidewalk improvements and ADA upgrades in Del Norte,” Congressman John Salazar (CO-03) said. “I will continue to support projects like these; projects that improve our country's infrastructure while putting Americans to work."

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Work hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Motorists can expect some single-lane, alternating traffic and possible travel delays of up to 15 minutes. All business accesses will be maintained, but may be temporarily altered. There will be no holiday work and no weekend work is anticipated. CDOT and APC Southern Construction greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation while driving through the work zone. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone.
 

PROJECT QUESTIONS/COMMENTS? Call Judy Lopez with APC, at 719-849-0946. For information about other CDOT projects, log on to http://www.coloradodot.info/ or call 511 from anywhere in the state.

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 www.colorado.gov/recovery. For a list of CDOT’s Recovery Act projects and additional ARRA information, visit http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/arra.