Surface Improvement Project Set to Start on Highway 50

April 21, 2011 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - OTERO COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins paving U.S. 50 between Rocky Ford and Swink next week.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 25.  It includes rotomilling and asphalt paving, from just east of Rocky Ford to just west of Swink, approximately three miles.  Old highway signs also will be replaced through the project area.

Drivers can expect single lane closures on eastbound and westbound U.S. 50, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  This segment consists of two lanes in each direction so delays should be minimal.  However, occasional stops could delay traffic up to 10 minutes.  The speed limit also will be reduced to 45 mph in the work zone and vehicles wider than 15 feet 6 inches will not be allowed to travel through the area during project hours.

“New asphalt will provide the traveling public with a smoother road surface that’ll last at least ten years,” says CDOT Project Engineer Tim McGhghy.  “Safety also will be enhanced by the new signs and striping, since they improve visibility along the highway, especially at night.”

The $1.7 million project, contracted to Rocky Mountain Materials and Asphalt, Inc., of Colorado Springs, is scheduled for completion in June 2011.

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