Rock Fall Mitigation Project Begins Monday on US 550 North of Ridgway

March 18, 2015 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - OURAY COUNTY - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin work on a rock fall mitigation project on US 550 beginning on Monday, March 23, 2015.

The estimated construction completion will be mid-October 2015. The work will be conducted between milepost (MP) 106 and MP 107 two miles north of Ridgway. Rock Solid Solutions, awarded a $1.8 million contract, will be working on the rock slope above the roadway to remove rock fall hazards and to improve site distance around the curve. Work for the project will include drilling, blasting, installation of wire mesh and installation of rock bolts.

TRAVEL IMPACTS:  The project will have impacts to travel on US 550, including lane closures and full traffic stops in both directions for 20 minutes, Mon-Thurs, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Please note that delays may exceed 20 minutes as traffic queues are cleared. In addition, the multi-use trail will be closed during active blasting and rock scaling or any time that safety to the users may be at risk. The trail will be reopened as soon as safety conditions allow.

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QUESTIONS?  Contact Stephanie Nocks, Project Public Information Manager, at (970) 549-4504.