Improvements complete on US 160

After crews worked on patch and slide areas on the highway from Treasure Falls scenic turnout to Pagosa Springs’ east side, some 55,000 tons of new asphalt was placed on the roadway.

ARCHULETA/MINERAL COUNTIES— The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor A & S Construction have completed the resurfacing project east of Pagosa Springs. The project improved a 14-mile stretch of US Highway 160 from the CO Highway 84 junction, mile point (MP) 144.29, to the west of the Treasure Falls scenic turnout, MP 158.56.
The work will improve traveling safety for motorists, with some features, like the newly enhanced chain-up station, designed particularly for the big-rig trucking community, said CDOT Project Engineer, Bridget McDougall.
“The roadway has a brand new 2.5-inch surface, consisting of a 1-inch leveling course of asphalt that addressed imperfections on the former highway surface which was then finished with 1.5 inches top mat asphalt,” explained McDougall.  “There was a total of approximately 55,000 tons of asphalt placed on the highway!”
The work, which began on April 30, included the following enhancements to safety and mobility along this stretch:
Upgraded guardrails
Improvements to three bridges (including new bridge rail on all three, and resurfacing, waterproofing, and expansion joint repair at select bridges)
Patched and/or milled and resurfaced 14.3 miles of heavily damaged/sliding roadway
Widened truck chain station area
Improvements to an embankment, culverts and ditches
This project was contracted to A & S Construction for $7.5 million. The project remained within budget through completion.

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