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American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funded Project Resumes Monday on US 160 at La Plata CR 222/223

March 10, 2011 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - New intersection opened in early December; project wraps up by Memorial Day.

LA PLATA COUNTY – Colorado Department of Transportation contractor Four Corners Materials will resume work Monday, March 14, on the highway and intersection safety improvement project east of Durango, at La Plata County Road 222/223. The work is scheduled for completion by May 26, 2011.

The project, begun last March, has relocated the US 160 intersection with CR 222/223 (east of the Grandview area of Durango) approximately one mile to the east; CDOT opened the new intersection (now at CR 225A) at a ribbon cutting event in early December.

This season, remaining work items include paving  the new CR-225A on the south side, ditch and culvert work, fencing and striping of US160 and the new CR 225 A north and south. The relocated and improved intersection will remain open throughout all construction activities.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS: 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. No weekend work is anticipated at this time. The speed limit will be reduced and motorists may encounter delays of up to 10 minutes at times.

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!

Four Corners Materials of Durango was awarded the $8.7 million contract for this project, which received $4 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The work has relocated the intersection of CR 222/223 and US 160 to improve the configuration of this junction by constructing a traditional “T” intersection. The intersection relocation has improved sight distance—and thus safety—for motorists on both US 160 and the county roads.

The project has also included minor highway widening on US 160 (adding acceleration and deceleration lanes), the construction of new right-of-way and wildlife fencing, four wildlife escape ramps, 10 pedestrian gates and drainage improvements.

In all, Colorado has received ARRA funds of more than $400 million for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects statewide. For more information on ARRA, 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.