US 550 Paco - Billy Wildlife & Safety Improvements

About the Project:

The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor FNF Construction, will make wildlife and mobility safety improvements to an 8-mile section of US Highway 550 bordering Ridgway State Park (Mile Points 109 - 117). The project work includes the installation of a wildlife underpass and wildlife fencing, as well as minor shoulder widening for construction of a southbound passing lane just south of the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk campground.

Project Benefits

  • Wildlife mitigation features including an underpass, fencing, jump outs and deer guards are expected to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions by 85%
  • Connecting 3-miles of new deer fencing to existing features will create an 7-mile wildlife safety corridor
  • Vehicles will be able to pass safely with the addition of a southbound passing lane

Work Schedule:

  • Construction on the project is anticipated to take place March - December 2024
  • Working hours are 30 minutes after sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset, Monday to Friday
  • Some weekend work is expected

Traffic Impacts:

Motorists can expect the following impacts during the period of construction:

  • Lane closures and traffic shifts with single lane alternating traffic
  • Narrowed lanes, width restrictions and reduced shoulder
  • The speed limit will be reduced through the work zone
  • Delays up to 15 minutes can be expected
  • Refer to for real-time travel conditions and road closures

Work this Week & Lane Closures US 50 Widening

Project Facts

  • Construction Cost: $7 Million
  • Contractor: FNF Construction
  • Timeline: March 2024 through December 2024
  • Location: US 550
    • Nearest Town/City: Ridgway
    • Mile Point(s): MP 109 to 117
    • County: Ouray
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 US 550 Paco - Billy Wildlife & Safety Improvements Project Map