CDOT US 550/160 Connection in Southwest Colorado Moves Forward

06-Dec-2017 to 09-Feb-2018

The Colorado Transportation Commission recently gave a sound nod toward a planned highway construction project in southwest Colorado. At the commission's monthly meeting in November, members approved $54.4 million for the US Highway (US) 550 connection to the US 160 Grandview interchange.

The funding approval is a provisional commitment made by the Transportation Commission using Senate Bill (SB) 267 state funds. The overall cost of the project is expected to be just under $100 million with additional contributions coming from a FASTLANE grant to La Plata County, TERO fee waiver and grant funding from the Southern Ute Tribe, as well as pledges from the City of Durango, CDOT Region 5, and other partners.

CDOT officials hope to solicit requests for proposal by the end of 2018, with a goal of breaking ground on the project in 2019. The planned project south of Durango would allow abandonment of the current Farmington Hill route and realign US 550 along a ridge directly into the existing Grandview interchange. The realignment will improve mobility by providing a safer and more efficient connection of Highways 550 and 160.

Last month, CDOT held an Upcoming Opportunities Event for a record crowd in Durango that included a presentation by Mike McVaugh, Region 5 Transportation Director about the US 550/160 project. You can view the presentation and find out about other 2018 infastructure projects planned in southwestern Colorado by visiting