CDOT completes Ports-to-Plains after 20 years |

CDOT completes Ports-to-Plains after 20 years

Daily News staff report

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced the completion of the Ports-to-Plains corridor, a 20-year undertaking, Aug. 2.

With the opening of U.S. 40/287 through Kit Carson, Colorado’s portion of the Ports-to-Plains route is finished, running from the Oklahoma border to Limon.

“It’s exciting to see the completion of the final Ports-to-Plains project in Colorado,” Federal Highway Administration Colorado division administrator John Cater said in a statement. “This is a vital freight corridor which will provide long-term economics benefits for Colorado and all the states along the corridor.”

The 200-mile project was launched more than 20 years ago and has been constructed in 24 segments.

“Since the Ports-to-Plains route is considered crucial for national, state and local economic development, reconstructing the highway with wider shoulders throughout to accommodate commercial truck traffic was vital for improving safety, as well as for current and future travel requirements,” CDOT chief engineer Tim Harris stated in a recent release. “CDOT has been looking forward to reaching this milestone.”

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Now more than ever, your financial support is critical to help us keep our communities informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having on our residents and businesses. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.

Your donation will be used exclusively to support quality, local journalism.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User