Projects

US 50 Median Cable Rail near Penrose

Travel Alert

  • Intermittent daytime single lane closures and 24/7 shoulder closures will exist for seven miles on US 50 from MP 284.50 to MP 291.
  • The work zone begins near the Town of Penrose and continues west for seven miles. The closures are necessary as crews begin paving the mow strip in advance of installing new tension cable rail in the center median.
  • This rail is designed to mitigate cross-median crashes.
  • Caution is advised.

Project Facts

  • Cost: $1.8 Million
  • Contractor: Siete, Inc.
  • Timeline: April - October, 2021
  • Location: A seven mile stretch of US 50 from MP 284.50 to MP 291 near the town of Penrose in Fremont County.

US 50 Cable Rail project work zone

US 50 Median Cable Rail Project work zone

About the Project:

This state funded project entails installing new and replacing some aging cable rail barrier along a seven-mile stretch of US 50 near the town of Penrose in Fremont County. The project is designed to increase driver safety by preventing cross-median crashes.

Cable rail is comprised of wires that absorb kinetic energy when hit by a vehicle. The rail flexes on contact, redirecting the vehicle along the median and thereby preventing it from hitting oncoming traffic. It is also faster and less expensive to replace than concrete barrier.

Other work to be performed includes installing a mow strip, regrading and seeding sections of the median, and making erosion control, drainage and safety improvements.

West view US 50 showing center median prepped for cable rail.Close up of newly shored up embankment in advance of paving a mow strip and installing new tension cable rail. Location: Center median on US 50 just west of Penrose.

Close up of newly shored up embankment in advance of paving a mow
strip and installing new tension cable rail. Location: Center median on
US 50 just west of Penrose.


Work Schedule

  • The project began on April 26 and is expected to last until late October 2021.
  • Working hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. to Thurs. and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays.
  • No holiday or weekend work is expected.
  • All construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.

Traffic Impacts

  • Some single lane closures will be in place within the project limits during daytime hours.
  • Inside shoulder closures will exist during working hours.
  • Two way traffic will be maintained.
  • Signs and flagger operations will be in place to safely direct traffic.
  • No weekend or observed holiday work is expected.
  • Lane closures and other traffic notices are posted weekly on COTrip.org.