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KSUT Regional
CDOT Starts Summer Construction
(2008-07-02)
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HOST LEAD: The Colorado Department of Transportation has some big construction plans for US 550 and 160. They're ready to start construction on some of the projects as early as next week.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

SARAH: As motorists drive to and from Durango this summer, they might have to wait in traffic.
CDOT crews are adding a second westbound lane near the Farmington Hill US550/160 interchange. Two lanes currently merge into one near C & J Gravel Company Joe Colley is with Sema Construction who's partnering on the project with CDOT.
JOE COLLEY: ULTIMATELY WE'LL HAVE FOUR LANES, TWO LANES IN EACH DIRECTION GOING THROUGH THE INTERSECTION WE WON'T HAVE THAT BOTTLE NECK THERE BEYOND C&J GRAVEL ANYMORE.
CDOT officials say as many as 30-40 thousand commuters use this interchange during the busy summer months. Crews hope to have minimal delays during construction.
This is just one phase in a larger project slated for the US550/160 interchange. The final $34 million project will include 4 bridges.
Two of the bridges will cross over the top of 160. One of them will be for 550 and the last one will loop over ramps on 160. But Cooley says a project of this magnitude won't be seen in the near future.
COLLEY: UNFORTUNATELY THE ONLY THING THAT WILL BENEFIT YOU IN THE NEAR TERM WILL BE THE FOURTH LANE. ULTIMATELY THE REALIGNMENT OF THE WHOLE 550 INTERCHANGE WILL BENEFIT THE WHOLE TOWN OF DURANGO AND COUNTY.
The estimated date of completion for the widening will be in the fall of 2010.
Rich Reynolds is CDOT's regional director for southwest and south central part of the state. He says that this long-term project has been in the works for some time now.
RICH REYNOLDS: THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF THE SOUTHWEST PLANNING REGION FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. SO WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW IS WE HAVE THE MONEY, WE'RE BUILDING SOME OF THE STRUCTURES. WE'RE QUITE HONESTLY ALSO WAITING FOR SOME DEVELOPMENT UP HERE TO HELP US OUT WITH SOME OF THE COSTS ON IT. AND WE'VE ALL BEEN HEARING ABOUT THAT FOR MANY YEARS. SO I ASSUME AT SOME POINT THERE WILL BE DEVELOPMENT UP ON THE CRATER PROPERTY UP THAT WAY. AND THAT WILL HELP US OUT WITH THE PROJECT TOO.
CDOT crews are also working on resurfacing US 550/160 junction near the high bridge at highway 3 all the way to Double Tree hotel in Durango.
The $14.5 million project will use concrete to resurface the Bodo area. Construction will begin July 7th and motorists can expect delays.

From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner.
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