Motorists may experience some construction delays on U.S. Highway 160 between Cortez and Mancos but its all in the name of a smoother ride in the future.
Work is underway on a $9.9 million highway resurfacing project to lay down 2 inches of fresh, hot asphalt on an approximately 14-mile stretch of highway from Mancos city limits to a section just east of Cortez.
Single-lane closures are expected, resulting in construction delays up to 15 minutes, said Marty Punchak with Four Corners Materials, the contractor on the project.
Please be careful, he asked of motorists.
Construction hours are expected to run from 30 minutes after sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset Monday through Saturday, according to information from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The project includes resurfacing and revitalization of the Mesa Verde overpass interchange, which is located near the parks new $12.1 million, 24,000-square-foot visitors center which is under construction and tentatively expected to open in November.
I hope it will encourage people to come on up to the park and visit us, said park spokesperson Betty Lieurance.
Some delays are anticipated for motorists seeking entrance to the park, but collaboration is underway with the Colorado Department of Transportation to minimize those delays, she said.
The overpass itself is expected to receive some repairs as well as some new seeding, mulching and striping.
The Mesa Verde National Park/U.S. 160 highway interchange had already received $4.6 million in Federal Highway Administration funds. Originally slated to begin in 2014, the timetable on the resurfacing was advanced by last years infusion of an additional $5.1 million in state and federal discretionary funds.
The project is scheduled for completion in late August.
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