CDOT Repairs Retaining Wall on US 50 Over Cerro Summit, Lane Closed Through December

October 22, 2010 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - MONTROSE COUNTY – Today, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began a project to repair a retaining wall below US 50 on Cerro Summit (MP 104.3), about 12 miles east of Montrose.

The work will involve stabilizing an approximate 100-foot long section of the soil and concrete-faced retaining wall below the eastbound lanes. Stabilization includes installing ground anchors into the section and repairing concrete facing. The project, which also improves some drainage systems at MP 103 and 105, was contracted to Tezak Heavy Equipment of Canon City for $3.9 million.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: During this 2010 phase, the outside right lane will remain closed, 24-7, until a winter project suspension in late December (weather permitting). During this time two-way traffic will be maintained (as there are three lanes in this section). The speed limit through the area is reduced from 50 MPH down to 45 MPH for eastbound (uphill) traffic, and down from 65 mph to 45 mph for westbound (downhill) traffic.  Motorists are urged to obey the lowered speed limit and drive with caution. The project will resume again in the spring of 2011 and is expected to wrap up in July of 2011; further details and traffic impacts will be sent at a later date.

For information on other CDOT projects statewide, the public may log on to or call 511. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!