Surface Improvement Project Set to Begin on Highway 50

April 8, 2011 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - BENT COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is scheduled to start paving a five-mile segment of U.S. 50 in the Las Animas area next week.

Work, which is expected to get underway on Monday, April 11, includes rotomilling and asphalt paving eastbound and westbound U.S. 50, from State Highway 194, just north of Las Animas, to just east of the State Highway 183 (Fort Lyon) junction.  Old highway signs also will be replaced through the project area.

Drivers can expect single lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Some delays are possible.  The speed limit also will be reduced to 40 mph through the work zone.

“Since the speed limit will be reduced significantly, people should plan on a little extra travel time” says CDOT Project Engineer Terry Woodward.  “It’s extremely important for traffic to slow down in order to maintain a safe environment for both for the traveling public and the construction crews.”

The $2.9 million project, contracted to A & S Construction Company of Caňon City, Colo., is scheduled for completion in early July 2011.

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