US 50 Purcell Interchange

Work this Week

Jan. 23, 2021

  • Work continues on the west side of Purcell Blvd. between Spaulding Ave. and Industrial Blvd. Motorists can expect alternating lane closures and slight delays at times. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone.

  • Eastbound and westbound traffic on US 50 has been shifted to newly constructed ramps that will become part of the final interchange design at Purcell Boulevard. The ramps have dedicated left and right turn lanes and two through lanes that move motorists back onto US 50 beyond the intersection. The shift will remain in place until the bridge over Purcell Blvd. is built. The speed limit through the traffic shift has been reduced to 45 mph. Slight delays can be expected in this phase of work.

  • The right shoulder closures on eastbound and westbound US 50 from Pueblo Blvd. to Purcell Blvd. remain in place 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

  • Normal working hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work during overnight hours and on Saturdays can be expected during some phases of the project. No work will be conducted on major holidays.

  • The construction schedule is subject to change based on weather or unforeseen circumstances.

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.

US 50 Purcell Rendering

Project Facts

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

US 50 & Purcell Median Removal

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!