US 50 Monarch Pass scheduled to close this afternoon

Travel Advisory

January 11, 2024 - Southwestern Colorado - CDOT maintenance teams perform safety critical operations Jan. 11 at 5 p.m.

Southwest Colorado — The Colorado Department of Transportation will perform winter maintenance operations on US Highway 50 between Gunnison and Salida, Wed., Jan. 11. Operations will require a full closure between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Closure times are not exact and may be extended depending on successful maintenance operations and weather conditions. Motorists should plan ahead, allow for extra travel time, or arrive and drive through the closure points before the designated closure times.

Traffic Impacts

Winter maintenance operations scheduled for Wednesday, January 11 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Eastbound travelers will encounter a closure near Sargents (Mile Point 190)
  • Westbound travelers will encounter a closure at Maysville (Mile Point 210)

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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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