Roadway improvements begin on CO 92

News Release

March 2, 2021 - Northwestern Colorado - Shoulder work is in preparation for local US 50 detour

MONTROSE & GUNNISON COUNTIES – Crews with American Civil Constructors, LLC Mountain West (ACC) will begin improvements on Colorado Highway 92 on March 15. Crews will widen CO 92 from Mile Point 46.5 to MP 73, a winding section of roadway stretching from just south of J 82 Road to the intersection of CO 92 with US Highway 50 at Blue Mesa Reservoir. The work is in preparation for a local detour for the upcoming US 50 Little Blue Creek Canyon improvement project. Work on CO 92 will take place March 15 – 31 and is anticipated to be complete in early April.

Travel Impacts

From Monday, March 15 through Wednesday, March 31, motorists should plan for single-lane, intermittent closures on CO 92 from MP 46.5 to MP 73. North and southbound traffic will be affected, and delays will be minimal. The work schedule is subject to change. Motorists are encouraged to sign up for traffic impact updates by contacting public information at [email protected] or 970-340-4333.

US 50 Little Blue Creek Canyon Improvement Project

FHWA, CDOT and ACC will begin a 4-mile improvement project of US 50 in Spring 2021. The project is located from MP 123 to MP 127, approximately 30 miles east of Montrose, Colorado, and about 33 miles west of Gunnison, Colorado. The critical roadway project improvements include realignment, widening the highway to two 12-foot travel lanes with two 4-foot wide paved shoulders, guardrail replacement, additional rockfall catchment area, new signage, and striping. The project is scheduled to be complete in November 2022.

Project & Trail Information

For additional information about this project, contact the project team. 

  • Project hotline: 970-340-4333
  • Project email:
  • Project web page:
  • Text alerts: text us50 to 22000

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:

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!

About CDOT

CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.