CDOT Begins Rockfall Work on US 50 at Sargents, West of Monarch Pass

October 17, 2014 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Several-day project to cause full traffic stops in both directions, delays.

SAGUACHE COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation will be conducting rockfall mitigation on US 50 three miles west of Sargents (mile point 187.3). Beginning October 20 and continuing through October 22, rockfall crews from contractor Yenter Companies will be rock scaling using pry bars and air bags. Some larger rocks may be pulled down using steel cable and a front end loader.

This rockfall work will help mitigate the risk of future incidents at this location. The work is estimated to cost less than $15,000 to complete.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Motorists will encounter full traffic stops in each direction, with delays exceeding 15-20 minutes as traffic queues are cleared in both directions. The speed limit will be reduced from 65 mph to 40 mph. Thank you for driving “Slow for the Cone Zone!”

CDOT PROJECT INFORMATION: The best way to stay up-to-date on project progress, traffic impacts and more is to sign up for email and wireless (text) alerts. Go to CDOT's web site at and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Enter your information and choose the section of the state you would like to receive information about. You can also refer to or call 511 from anywhere in the state.