Traffic at U.S. 160 and Pagosa Blvd. will be controlled by flaggers Thursday for CDOT upgrades


By Colorado Department of Transportation
Special to The SUN

The Colorado Department of Transportation is in the process of upgrading signal cabinets on U.S. 160 through Pagosa Springs. The new signal cabinets will enable uninterrupted power through a battery back-up, as well as provide the option for fiber optic upgrades in the future.

Residents may recall the signal’s recent “flash mode” at Hot Springs Boulevard due to lightning — the upgraded cabinets will safeguard against this type of temporary signal malfunction.

Seven cabinets will ultimately be replaced at each signalized intersection through town — to date, the cabinet at 8th Street has been upgraded and tomorrow, crews will upgrade the one at Pagosa Boulevard.

From 9 a.m. to about 2 p.m. (or earlier) tomorrow, Thursday, July 24, traffic will be reduced to a single lane in all directions and motorists should expect short delays as flaggers direct traffic.

Each cabinet costs approximately $6,000; the work will continue into fall 2014 until all seven intersections through town have received the upgrade.