US 50 Purcell Interchange

Work this Week
November 21 - 25, 2022

Now that the bridge is open the highway is close to its final configuration. This week we are working to get large overhead signs installed. Here is a quick list of things we expect to handle over the next few weeks:

  • Installation of the concrete median at Purcell Blvd that helps to define the traffic flow areas.
  • Installation of permanent traffic signals to control traffic flow. There are expected mid to late December of this year.
  • Approximately 5000 linear feet of cable barrier will be installed. This is used to keep vehicles from crossing over into oncoming traffic. Right now the highway has a super-wide median with rows of large orange drums that act as traffic barriers.

There is currently a detour in place on Enterprise Blvd, a frontage road, for the installation of the overhead signs. The detour will be in place through November 30th.

Crews will pause construction activities by Wednesday at 1 p.m. this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

US 550 Industrial Blvd. Detours November 2022

About the Project

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin construction July 28 on the new interchange at US Highway 50 and Purcell Boulevard in Pueblo West. The first phase of the project is lengthening the third westbound travel lane of US 50 between Pueblo Blvd. and Purcell Blvd. Additional improvements such as sidewalks, curbs and gutter are part of the project design.

 These improvements will significantly increase safety on a roadway that carries a high volume of traffic, reduce commuting times for area residents, and allow pedestrians to safely navigate the intersection.

Project Facts

  • Cost: $33 Million
  • Contractor: Kirkland Construction
  • Timeline:  Late July 2020 – Fall 2022
  • Location: US 50 Between Pueblo Boulevard and Purcell Boulevard, mileposts 311.78 - 307.28, Pueblo County

US 50 & Purcell Median Removal

US 50 Purcell Rendering

Proposed Work Schedule

  • Normal working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work during overnight hours can be expected during some phases of the project.

Traffic Impacts

  • During the initial phase of the project, motorists will encounter a night-time closure of the right lane and right shoulder on westbound US 50 beginning at 7 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday evenings as crews set barrier to create the work zone. The right lane will reopen each morning at 6 a.m. The right shoulder will remain closed until construction is nearly complete.

    • The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph through the work zone
    • Delays up to 10 minutes can be expected

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
  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you
  • 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
  • Be patient!