CDOT completes US 50 Montrose Chip Seal project

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Northwestern Colorado

GUNNISON COUNTY- The Colorado Department of Transportation and contract partner United Companies are pleased to announce the completion of the US 50 Montrose Chip Seal project on US Highway 50. The project took place from Mile Point 116, east of Montrose, and continued for 66 miles to MP 182, east of Gunnison.

As part of CDOT’s Whole System - Whole Safety initiative, this project focused on a chip seal application along with crack filling to protect and prolong the surface of the roadway. Crews also installed rumble strips and new striping. The new surface will enhance safety for motorists by providing skid resistance and will prolong the life of the roadway surface and reduce overall cracking. The new striping will offer better visibility for drivers while rumble strips will alert drivers if they are leaving the roadway.


Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for all of us, particularly for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, CDOT maintenance and construction crews follow social distancing and other health safety measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. The public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO by practicing social distancing and wearing face masks. As traffic returns to normal levels, motorists must drive cautiously and heed the speed limit so all of us can return home safely.


In early 2019, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness. This initiative 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.


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 Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s multimodal mobility options.