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Motorists will encounter closure delays on US 50 east of Salida

June 10, 2019 - Southwestern Colorado

Fremont County — Starting today, Monday, June 10, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work on US Highway 50 in west Fremont County, east of Salida. Crews will be installing slow vehicle turnout lanes both eastbound and westbound. Crews will also be installing passing lanes both eastbound and westbound. Additionally, crews will be making drainage improvements, guardrail improvements, as well as fencing improvements. This project was contracted to A&S Construction for $4.2 million.

This project is part of CDOT’s “Whole System. Whole Safety.” initiative aimed at enhancing safety for Colorado’s traveling public. The construction of the slow vehicle turnout will provide space for slower vehicles to pull safely off the traveling lane, while the additional passing lanes will offer opportunities for faster vehicles to safely pass slower moving traffic.

TRAVEL IMPACTS

Drivers can expect 24-hour width restrictions (10 feet), speed reductions to 40 mph, shoulder closures, lane closures, and traffic delays. Partial closures of US 50 will be in effect between Monday, June 10, 2019 and October 2019.

Work will take place between mile points (MP) 232.3 and 237.4 during daylight hours Monday through Friday. Motorists should expect 24 hour width restrictions of 10 feet. Motorists should also expect delays during the scheduled work hours. Night work and weekend work are not anticipated at this time. Work is expected to be completed by October 2019, barring weather and/or shipment delays.

  • Partial closures on US 50 between MP 232.3 and MP 237.4.
  • Width restrictions of 10 feet will be in place 24 hours a day.
  • Partial closures will take place 24 hours a day during certain phases of the project.
  • Speed reductions will be in place of 40  mph during working hours.

Project Limits of Construction Work Zone

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION


REMEMBER: SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.

  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.

  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.

  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.

  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.

  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.

  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.

  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.

  • Be patient!


WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY.  

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.


ABOUT CDOT

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated inter-regional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s inter-modal mobility options.  

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