Less sharp curves ahead for CanAm highway

A dangerous curve on U.S. Hghway 85 is being realigned to help reduce the amount of fatal accidents that occur there. Pioneer photo by Alex Portal

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LEAD — A three-quarters-of-a-mile portion of U.S. Highway 85, between mile makers 31 and 32 near Cheyenne Crossing, is getting a makeover to help alleviate a dangerous curve. 

“It has a high number of recorded fatalities on that curve,” said Harry Johnston, project engineer for the state Department of Transportation (DOT).

Crews already cleared a swath of trees along the road and will fill the ditch with dirt taken from the rock face on the north side of the highway. 

“So what the road will actually be doing is kind of shifting towards the south and then straightening the curve out a little bit,” Johnston said.

Due to late snow and a wet summer, the project will have to be completed next spring; however, Johnston said, crews are working diligently to have a paved surface ready before winter.

“We want to be as safe as possible on all of our construction projects,” he said. “When you see the construction signs pay attention to what they’re directing the traffic to do.”

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