Steamboat Springs The Colorado Department of Transportation has finished work on a heavily trafficked stretch of U.S. Highway 40 between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling.
CDOT began work on resurfacing the 14-mile stretch of road between mile markers 165 and 179 on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass in June.
According to a news release, the highway in Grand and Jackson counties had been patched several times since 1995 and was in poor condition because of heavy truck, wide load and tourist traffic.
“Crews recycled and replaced the top 2 inches of asphalt on the road in addition to adding a 2-inch overlay of new asphalt,” project engineer Debbie McLain stated in the release. “By recycling the old asphalt and adding an overlay, future cracking will be reduced, thereby extending the lifespan of the highway.”
To improve safety, CDOT added new striping, extended shoulders and adjusted guardrails. Rumble strips were installed in the middle of the highway to alert drivers who cross over into the oncoming lane. According to CDOT, the rumble strips also can serve as a navigation aid during bad weather.
A&S Construction of Cañon City was the contractor for the $4.2 million project.