Safety project set to start at US 50/CO 231 Intersection

Project Update

September 21, 2023 - Southeastern Colorado - Project includes improvements at US 50 Business/CO 231 Intersection

Pueblo County – A Colorado Department of Transportation project to improve safety at the CO 231 (36th Lane) intersections with US 50 in Devine and US 50 Business in Vineland begins Monday, Sept. 25.

The first phase of construction is taking place on US 50 Business from 33rd Lane to just past 39th Lane. Work includes:

  • Moving the stop line on 36th Lane to the US 50 Business travel lanes, reducing the crossing distance for northbound and southbound vehicles turning left
  • Installing raised islands with a pedestrian refuge area, allowing the stop line to be moved up and improving sight distances when crossing the intersection

Phase two is at the US 50/36th Lane intersection, with construction between Baxter Road and 39th Lane. The following safety improvements will be made:

  • Convert the right thru lane of eastbound US 50 into a right turn only lane ½ mile west of the 36th Lane intersection
  • Install an intersection conflict warning system that recognizes approaching traffic and illuminates warning signs, alerting motorists of vehicles approaching the intersection on both Highway 50 and 36th Lane
  • Move the stop line on 36th Lane up to the eastbound lane of US 50 so that the right turn lane will not impact the view of motorists attempting to cross the intersection. This also will reduce the crossing distance for northbound left-turning vehicles
  • Install raised islands, allowing the stop line to be moved up, and improving the sight distance when crossing the intersection

“This type of safety improvement project is critical for semi-rural intersections that experience a high volume of traffic on a daily basis,” said CDOT’s Regional Transportation Director Shane Ferguson. “Our goal is to make the necessary upgrades to improve safety for traffic and pedestrians, especially with the number of schools in the area, while maintaining traffic flow along both highways.”

The project is scheduled for completion in December 2023.

Travel Impacts

  • Work hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Nighttime work may occur when necessary
  • Intermittent lane closures on US 50, US 50 Business and 36th Lane
  • Construction trucks entering and exiting the work zone

Please reference the videos and brochure on the project website for more information regarding the safety improvements.

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  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
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  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
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  • Be patient!

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