THE Colorado Department of Transportation is working on improvements to US Highway 160 and Colorado Highway 370 in Rio Grande and Alamosa Counties beginning this week. The project will improve US Highway 160 for approximately 16 miles east of Monte Vista from mile point 215 to 226. Additionally, four miles of Colorado Highway 370 will be improved between MP 4 and MP 8. CO 370 is located south of the US 160 corridor.
The project includes resurfacing the roadway and will incorporate shouldering improvements, erosion control, guardrail replacement, concrete curbing, signing, and final striping. Pedestrian features also will be constructed at intersections within the communities of Monte Vista and Alamosa. Enhancements include the construction of new concrete curbs and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps in both communities, as well as the installation of reflective flashing beacons at Lyell Street in Monte Vista.
“The project will enhance safety for San Luis Valley travelers on this busy two-lane highway,” said CDOT Regional Transportation Director Julie Constan. “When this project is completed, motorists will find a smoother roadway surface with high visibility markings and stabilized shoulders. The pedestrian improvements will enhance safety for those walking or biking within the Monte Vista and Alamosa communities.”
Travel Impacts: Project work activity will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday. No weekend work is anticipated. Motorists will encounter brief closures with single lane alternating traffic and should allow for travel delays of up to 15 minutes. Flagging personnel will be on sight to direct travelers. Speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph in the project work area. During work hours motorists are asked to use caution when approaching and driving through the work zone.