Region 5 Chain Station Upgrades

Project Facts

  • Cost: $2.2 Million
  • Contractor: Tricon 2, LLC
  • Timeline: May - October 2021
  • Location: US 50 and CO 145 at the Monarch, Lizard Head, and Lawson Hill chain station areas in Chaffee, Gunnison, Saguache, and San Miguel Counties  

Monarch Pass Chain Station project map

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About the Project:

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin region wide chain station improvements on Monarch Pass starting May 17. The project is located at various locations on US 50 in Chaffee, Gunnison, and Saguache. Work will take place at the Monarch chain station areas. Tricon 2, LLC has been selected for this project, with work expected to be completed in the fall.

Work will take place along US 50 from MP 189.1 to 210.7. All locations will have new lighting installed, with some locations having solar powered lighting. Five locations will have widening and paving improvements, and two culverts will be replaced. 

Traffic Impacts

  • Travelers will encounter construction operations Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Traffic control and temporary signals will be operating 24/7 with one lane closures at project work zones.
  • Motorists are urged to use caution and watch for heavy equipment.
  • At times, through lanes and turn lanes may be temporarily closed to traffic causing brief travel delays.
  • Any temporary closures are to ensure the safety of the workers and the traveling public. Motorists should slow down, drive with caution and give themselves extra travel time.