Speed reduction issued for U.S. Highway 50  near Salida

October 3, 2019 - Southwestern Colorado - Traveling public and fire traffic urged to slow down 

SOUTH-CENTRAL COLORADO — The Colorado Department of Transportation has issued a speed reduction on U.S. Highway 50 just east of Salida. Motorists must observe the speed limit of 40 MPH from the US 50 and Colorado Highway 291 junction (MP 223) for a seven-mile stretch to approximately the community of Wellsville (MP 230). See the attached map. 

All motorists, including the traveling public, commercial drivers and emergency personnel are urged to obey the reduced speed limit.  The speed reduction is required for safety due to increased emergency traffic from the Decker Fire which is burning south of the US 50 highway.

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Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:



The Decker Fire was caused by a lighting strike on Sun., Sept. 8. The fire is burning about 10 miles south of Salida in the Rio Grande National Forest and Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. The blaze has burned about 3,747 acres and is currently considered 5% contained.