US 50 Little Blue Creek Canyon Safety Improvements

NOTE: This is a future project that will be advertised for bid in 2020 by the Federal Highway Administration.

About the Project

Our goal is to provide more reliable travel times and improve driver safety on US Highway 50 through the Little Blue Creek Canyon, 30 miles east of Montrose and 30 miles west of Gunnison, in Gunnison County, Colorado (from mile points 123 to 127).

Funds are being provided by CDOT and the Federal Lands Access Program

Work to be Completed:

  • build wider shoulders
  • improve roadway alignment
  • stabilize slopes by installing rockfall catchment fence and utilizing other methods 
  • replace guardrail
  • improve sight lines
  • improve safety throughout the canyon corridor 

Anticipated Travel Impacts:

  • Significant closures of US 50 in the work zone are anticipated to begin in April 2021
  • US 50 will be accessible every weekday morning, mid-day, and evening, and fully open on the weekends
Little Blue Creek Canyon Broad Project Zone View.jpg
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Project Facts

  • Timeline: The estimated two-year long project is scheduled to break ground February 2021 and continue through April 2023.
  • Project Team: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)/Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), CDOT and American Civil Constructors Mountain West.
  • Major Stakeholders:  U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Park Service 
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