Repaving project along 491/160 commences

One major road project ends, another begins.

Just as crews wrap up work on South Broadway, the Colorado Department of Transportation is launching another one — just a bit further south.

At a cost of $5.8 million, Grand Junction contractor Old Castle SW, Inc. has been chosen by CDOT to resurface U.S. Highway 491/160 between Cortez and Towaoc.

Through May 3, crews are installing new culverts near County Road D and County Road E, and making other preparations. Work will then be suspended until mid-June, when resurfacing begins, according to a statement from CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks.

The project will improve the highway’s surface by recycling the top two inches of existing asphalt, then overlaying the road with three inches of new asphalt. Other improvements include replacing guardrails and drainage upgrades. The target date for completion is in October.

Work will be done Monday to Friday, with hours changing as summer progresses, the statement said. Motorists should expect 15-minute delays and single-lane, alternating traffic.

For more information, contact Marty Punchak at 254-3288. Updated information on traffic delays and detours is available at, or by calling 511.

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