September 18, 2018
Safety Improvements Progress on US 160 Wolf Creek Pass
Expect up to 45-minute traffic holds this week, Thursday & Friday mornings
MINERAL COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor Structures, Inc., will be installing two large, fixed overhead signs across US 160 on Wolf Creek Pass this week, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, September 18-19 (see highlighted text below for locations). Sometime between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. each morning, motorists will encounter a single, extended traffic hold in both directions for 30 to 45 minutes as crews secure a large sign structure over the highway. After the structure is safely mounted, there will be traffic lane shifts at the sign locations for the remainder of the day, as well as the existing single-lane closure and traffic lane shift at the scenic overlook further west (one lane remains open in each direction at the overlook, where the three-lane highway is reduced to two lanes throughout the project’s duration).
This sign upgrade and safety-improvement project began in early June and involves installation of an upgraded safety barrier, signage and new striping on a section of US 160 over Wolf Creek Pass. The various work areas lie between mile points (MP) 158, near the Treasure Falls parking area at the western base of the pass, and MP 173, about five miles east of the ski area. The project, scheduled for completion in October 2018, was contracted to Structures, Inc., for $1.66 million.
Work items include the following:
- This week — New overhead diagrammatic signs for westbound traffic showing a hairpin curve and “YOU ARE HERE” (there are two of these, at MP 166.67 and MP 163, as motorists approach the curve)
- Additional concrete safety barrier at the entrance to the scenic overlook
- New westbound static sign – “WOLF CREEK PASS, STEEP GRADES AHEAD, TRUCKS USE LOW GEAR” (MP 172.9)
- New westbound static sign – “STEEP GRADES 3 MILES AHEAD” (MP 169.35)
- Resetting eastbound static overhead sign “STEEP GRADE, WINDING ROAD NEXT 9 MILES” (MP 166.88)
- Additional westbound signage above two existing truck ramp signs (“RUNAWAY TRUCK RAMP”) will be installed; these additional signs will be dynamic LED signs that flash “USE TRUCK RAMP” if a truck is going too fast (MP 161.21 and MP 160.88)
- New striping from Treasure Falls to the summit of Wolf Creek Pass (MP 158 to MP 166.5)
- New asphalt overlay in the vicinity of the scenic overlook/hairpin curve
TRAVEL IMPACTS: Through the project’s completion, motorists will encounter the following travel impacts:
- A full closure of the scenic overlook (temporary barrier is in place 24/7); there is no parking or stopping anywhere in the surrounding area
- A single-lane closure with a traffic shift (one lane remains open in each direction), narrow lanes and a speed limit reduction at all times, 24/7
- A 10-foot width restriction at all times, 24/7
- During work hours, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., motorists may be stopped periodically at either end of the work zone, when necessary for worker and traveler safety
- Periodic traffic lane shifts at various sign installation locations.
There is also a separate resurfacing and safety-improvement project west of the pass that westbound travelers will encounter as well. Please avoid distractions as you drive through these work areas and go “Slow for the Cone Zone!”
STAY CONNECTED: Those with questions or comments regarding the work can log onto the project web site at https://www.codot.gov/projects/us-160-wolf-creek-signs, call the project information line at (719) 480-1530 or email the project team at email@example.com.
- Sign up for project or travel alerts: bit.ly/COalerts
- See scheduled lane closures: codot.gov/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html
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The scenic overlook on the west side of Wolf Creek Pass is closed through the duration of the project. The project will be completed in October 2018.