Crews will use portable light signals for maintenance work on US 50 between Salida and Howard next Monday and Tuesday

Travel Advisory

June 2, 2023 - Southwestern Colorado - Motorists can expect full stops and delays and should allow for extra travel time June 5 through June 6

Fremont and Chaffee Counties — Beginning June 5, paving operations will take place on US 50 several miles east of Salida. Monday, June 5, and Tuesday, June 6, travelers will encounter full stops and one-lane alternating traffic guided by portable light signals. The stop points and signals will be located on US 50 near the community of Howard, Mile points 232 -235. Motorists must obey the light signal cycle for the safety of traffic flow and crews working on the roadway.

Motorists traveling between Salida and Howard should allow themselves additional travel time and anticipate up to 30-minute delays.

US 50 paving operations
CDOT urges travelers to plan for significant traffic delays on US 50 several miles east of Salida while maintenance crews complete paving operations on June 5 & 6.

Traffic Impacts

Daytime work hours range from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

  • Motorists can expect full stops and delays and should allow for extra travel time.
  • Vehicles will be guided by flagging personnel or a portable temporary light signal.
  • Access in and out of intersections may be restricted at times.
  • A speed reduction of 40 mph will be enforced through the work zones.

Know Before You Go

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!

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