Retaining Wall Repairs Complete; Additional Improvements To Us 50 Over Cerro Summit To Resume In Spring 2011

December 23, 2010 - PROJECT WINTER SHUT DOWN - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - MONTROSE COUNTY – Today, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) wrapped up work for the season on a project to repair a retaining wall below US 50 on Cerro Summit (MP 104.3), about 12 miles east of Montrose.

The work has involved stabilizing an approximate 100-foot long section of the retaining wall below the eastbound lanes with ground anchors and new concrete facing—this has been completed.

Work next spring will continue with improvements to drainage systems at MP 103 and 105, including a full culvert replacement, and additional roadway stabilization and paving. The project was contracted to Tezak Heavy Equipment of Canon City for $3.9 million.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: The area speed limit through the area has been set back to regular speeds of 50 MPH for eastbound (uphill) traffic and 65 mph for westbound (downhill) traffic.  All lanes are open. The project will resume again in the spring of 2011 (most likely in April, weather permitting) and is expected to wrap up in July of 2011.

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!