CDOT Restriping US 50 through Salida to Slow Traffic, Increase Safety for All Users

SALIDA, CO – The Colorado Department of Transportation has a project underway to restripe US 50 through town. The work has a total estimated budget of $160,000 (all project costs, design through construction) and was contracted to Kolbe Striping, Inc. Work got underway on September 9 and is scheduled for completion by early October.

The project involves removal of existing striping (between MP 220 just west of Walmart to MP 222.5 just east of the State Highway 291 junction), then restriping of highway to narrow travel lanes and add 5-foot-wide bike lanes and 1.5-foot buffer lanes (separating vehicle and bike lanes) on both sides of the highway.

The average daily traffic on this stretch of roadway ranges from 7,900 to 13,000. The restriping will provide traffic calming through town, improve safety for vehicle turn movements and improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

TRAVEL IMPACTS:  During the first few weeks of the project, crews will remove the current markings and create the buffered bike lanes. By late September, installation of new signage will begin. Motorists can expect some single-lane closures in each direction, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph through the construction zone.

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