Highway 50 Project Set to Start

June 9, 2014 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - LA JUNTA — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins improving a four-mile segment of U.S. 50 through La Junta tomorrow, a project consisting of rotomilling and paving, bridge enhancements, new guardrails, accessible ramps, signing and striping.

Beginning on Tuesday, June 10, drivers can expect single lane closures on eastbound and westbound Highway 50 (East & West 1st Street) from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Occasional, short traffic stops are possible to allow construction vehicles in and out of the work zone.

The project area is between County Road 27 and 30.25.  The 35 mph speed limit remains in place between the East and West 3rd Street intersections, with a 40 mph speed limit in effect at the east and west end of the project.

Vehicles wider than 12 feet will not be allowed through the work zone and need to use an alternate route for the duration of the project.

“This project is providing a number of improvements for both the City of La Junta and the traveling public,” said CDOT Project Engineer Tom Bronniman.  “We’re paving Highway 50, which will provide a much smoother road surface for at least the next 10 years.  But other enhancements include waterproofing the bridges [at King and Anderson arroyos], which will increase their years of service.  And, the new accessible ramps will enhance mobility for non-vehicle traffic on 3rd Street.”

A&S Construction Co. of Caňon City, CO is the contractor for the $4.8 million project.  It is scheduled for completion in October 2014.

Additional information and updates are available by calling the project hotline at 719-285-6037 or via email [email protected]

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