US 50 Purcell Interchange

Work this Week

June 12 - 16, 2021

  • On the morning of Thursday, June 16, travelers will encounter a new traffic pattern on westbound US 50 near the intersection of Pueblo Boulevard. Single lane closures will take place overnight, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to set the new traffic pattern. The new traffic pattern moves motorist out of the right lane.  The right lane will be closed immediately following the CO 45 off-ramp and to the east of the US 50 and CO 45 intersection - allowing room for crews to work on the next phase of the project. This work includes the enhancement of drainage operations and adjustments to the grade of the highway. The right lane closure will remain in place through the end of the year.    

  • Crews will work overnight on Wednesday night to set the new traffic pattern in place. Motorists are advised to expect minor delays during the overnight work on US 50.  Please plan for additional travel time.

US 50 Purcell Map 5/9

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 – Fall 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!