TELLURIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation and Williams Construction has suspended work on the reconstruction of the intersection at SH 145 at Society Turn, approximately three miles west of Telluride until April 2013.
Construction of the roundabout began in July to improve safety at the “T” intersection; project elements include a new rock retaining wall along the concrete trail, new asphalt resurfacing, lighting, landscaping and drainage work.
During the fall of 2012 the contractor focused on work to allow continued traffic flow around the construction zone while the intersection is removed and the roundabout is constructed. Crews completed underground utility work and the majority of a temporary roundabout that will function as a detour next season.
The project, roughly 10 percent completed by Nov. 1,is scheduled for completion in October 2013.
In April of next year, crews will spend four to six weeks paving and painting the temporary roundabout, whereafter it will be open for public use.
The next phase includes the demolition of the existing intersection, and construction of the permanent roundabout. Stormwater management, erosion control and seeding activities will be ongoing throughout the project.
The total cost of the project is approximately $3.56 million, with $900,000 coming from the Town of Telluride, $1.03 million for safety improvements from Colorado FASTER and the remainder from state and federal sources.