The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced that Crossfire, LLC is nearing completion of the Dry Creek wildlife crossing on US Highway 160 (US 160), approximately three miles west of Bayfield. Over the next few weeks, the project will implement three lane changes. These lanes changes may result in significant travel delays of 10 to 20 minutes.
All traffic (eastbound and westbound) will be moved to the north side of US 160, returning to the original alignment. This work was scheduled to take place the week of Sept. 12.
Approximately two weeks later, eastbound only traffic will be moved to the south side of US 160, to the newly constructed roadway, to remain permanent. This work is currently scheduled for the week of Sept. 26.
Soon after, final re-striping operations will take place on the north side of the original two-lane highway, shifting traffic to one-lane westbound, which will remain permanent. This is currently scheduled for the week of Oct. 3.
Please note the scheduled dates may change due to possible weather postponements. Work continues to take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day. Motorists are cautioned to be aware of workers, heavy equipment and a speed limit of 40 mph.
This two-year project has built a large mammal underpass designed with a pre-cast concrete arch structure which spans 37 feet wide and 13 feet high. The project will be completed in October. For more information or questions, contact the contractor's public information manager, Debbi Michal at Crossfire LLC at (970) 828-2897.
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