CDOT Project Will Improve US 50 from Whitewater East and West

May 16, 2012 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - MESA/DELTA COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a project on Monday, May 21, to improve several sections of US 50 in Mesa and Delta counties.

Highway resurfacing will take place in two sections:

Section 1:  A 6.2-mile stretch between mile posts 36 and 42.2 (29 Road in Grand Junction southeast to Whitewater) will receive a “mill and fill,” in which crews will mill off the top two inches of asphalt to remove the damaged/cracked surface; resurface the milled pavement with two inches of new asphalt; then overlay the entire stretch with another two inches of new asphalt to add strength and durability to the highway surface and extend its life by about 11 years.

Section 2: Improvements to an 18-mile stretch between MPs 50 and 68 (Mesa-Delta county line south to Delta) will consist of leveling the pavement (milling the pavement surface) in various locations where the highway is somewhat “waved” from shrink-swell characteristics of the soil. (These uneven sections of the highway can cause safety problems for motorists, particularly those driving semi-trucks or pulling trailers and large loads.) The leveled sections will then get an overlay of new asphalt.

Other work along the two sections will included guardrail upgrades, curb and gutter repairs, embankment work, rumble strips (cut into the highway shoulders to alert errant vehicles) and new striping.

APC Southern Construction Company of Golden was contracted for $6.2 million to complete this project.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Through the project’s scheduled completion on July 1, motorists will encounter single-lane reductions in both directions, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no weekend work and no work over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

MORE INFORMATION: The project information line is (970) 216-0678. To help motorists plan their summer travel, CDOT offers an e-mail and text message service to provide updates on road conditions, construction projects and other CDOT news. Signing up to receive updates is easy and free (standard text messaging rates apply). Visit our website at and click on the icon in upper right corner entitled “Sign up for Email and Wireless Alerts.” Travelers can also call 511 from anywhere in the state, or log onto to view CDOT’s lane closure reports and statewide construction map.