US 550 Otter Road South

South of Montrose to the Montrose-Ouray County Line
Public Engagement
Thursday, August 11, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Public Open House
Thursday, August 11, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

To present the project to impacted property owners, commuters and local agencies, CDOT is hosting a public engagement on Thursday, August 11, from 4:30 to 6:30, at the Montrose Recreation Center on 16350 Woodgate Road. At the event, CDOT and Muller Engineering will present detailed information about the roadway and safety improvements along the corridor, answer questions, and gather contact information from those who would like to stay informed about future construction projects.

If you are unable to join us at the open house, please review the project information slides and call or email us with any questions you have.

About the Project

The Colorado Department of Transportation and consultant Muller Engineering are finalizing engineering designs for an 8.5-mile section of US Highway 550 south of Montrose. The project is designed to start at Otter Road on the south edge of Montrose (MP 126) and continue south to the Ouray-Montrose county line (Mile Point 117.5). Once design work wraps up in late summer 2022, CDOT can then advertise this corridor project to prospective highway construction contractors. The project starts at the south end of the US 50/US 550 resurfacing project underway this summer.

US 50 Otter road south map

Construction on the project is anticipated to begin in the fall of 2022 and continue through late 2023; the the improvements will focus on safety and mobility. 

Specifically, the US 550 corridor design includes the following:

  • Southern Section - County Line to Centennial RV Park, MP 117.3 to MP 118.8
    • Deer fence, jump-outs and deer guards at each access
    • Left-turn deceleration lane at Centennial RV Park
  • Central Section - Uncompahgre Road to north of Trout Road, MP 121.3 to MP 123.1
    • Trout Road intersection realignment
    • Passing lanes at Trout Road
    • Long left-turn lane from Tulare Road to north of Ridge View Drive
  • Northern Section - south of Solar Road to Otter Road, MP 123.4 to 126.1
    • Solar Road intersection realignment
    • Solar Road left-turn deceleration lanes
    • Long left-turn lane from Rose Road to Riverside Road
    • Racine Road intersection realignment
  • Full Length of Project - County Line to Otter Road, MP 117.3 to 126.1
    • Access control
    • Frontage road right-of-way fence

The wildlife fencing system will not only help keep animals out of the highway right of way, but the jump-outs (earthen one-way ramps) will allow them to escape if they do get trapped. Intersection realignments at Trout, Solar, and Racine roads will reconstruct these junctions to traditional T-intersections with 90-degree angles, giving motorists better sight distance when merging onto and off of US 550. Finally, passing lanes and auxiliary lanes will provide motorists with safer passing and merging opportunties.

Project Facts

  • Design Contractor: Muller Engineering

  • Timeline: Design completed by August 2022

  • Location: US 550 from Otter Road (south end of Montrose) south to the Montrose-Ouray county line

Project Schedule

  • Construction project anticipated for September/October 2022 through late 2023