Highway work underway from Del Norte to MV


RIO GRANDE COUNTY - On Monday, July 10, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor United Companies began a project that will improve US Highway (US) 160 from the west side of Del Norte to the west edge of Monte Vista (mile point 201 to 215).

Work started with the construction of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) wheelchair-accessible curb ramps in Del Norte at the intersections of US 160 and Cherry, Penasco, Hermosa and French streets; sidewalks are closed at these intersections while work is underway. This work is expected to continue through July.

From early to late August, US 160 will be chip sealed through Del Norte to the west edge of Monte Vista.

While work on the ADA ramps is underway in July, travelers can expect some minor traffic slowing and periodic shoulder closures on the east end of Del Norte near the affected intersections. Residents and visitors are advised not to park on the side streets near the work area if at all possible. When the chip seal operation is underway in August, motorists can expect single-lane, alternating travel, Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or later), with delays of up to 15 minutes possible, depending upon traffic volumes.

During the chip seal operation, travelers are urged to drive slowly and maintain a safe following distance through the work zone. Call 719-849-8592 or write to 160delnorte2montevista@gmail.com.