Two rest areas add more truck parking

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced the addition of truck parking spaces at two rest areas.

The rest areas are located on US 160, according to CDOT. The Sleeping Ute Rest Area in Montezuma County and the Shaw Creek Rest Area in Rio Grande County now featured more truck parking.

“As part of CDOT’s Whole System — Whole Safety initiative, this project focused on safety enhancements to the Sleeping Ute Rest Area, east of Cortez, and Shaw Creek Rest Area, east of South Fork, to provide clearly defined locations for commercial truck and oversized recreational parking. When Wolf Creek Pass is impassable or closed due to inclement weather, vehicle crashes, rockfalls, avalanches or other emergencies that arise, the expansion at Shaw Creek Rest Area will provide safe parking off the highway for oversized trucks or large recreational vehicles. The additional big rig and recreational parking spaces at the Sleeping Ute Rest Area also provide clearly defined parking spaces, allowing for all vehicles, commercial trucks and passenger cars, to safely flow through the rest area preventing potential encounters or crashes,” CDOT said in a press release.

In addition to the added truck parking spaces, CDOT widened existing parking area and repaired asphalt. Additional lighting was also added.