US 50 Little Blue Creek Canyon project resumes for spring

Includes overnight closures Monday through Thursday

[  By Katherine Nettles  ]

After taking the winter months off and spending the past month re-staging equipment, the Federal Highway Administration and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have resumed work on roadway improvements for the US 50 Little Blue Creek Canyon project. Construction operations resumed on March 22 and the project has been active as weather has permitted over the past week; regular nighttime road closures will begin for the season on
April 4.  

The project is located on a four-mile stretch of US 50 between mileposts 123 and 127, between Montrose and Gunnison. Improvements include roadway realignment and widening, adding paved shoulders, guardrails, a new rockfall catchment area and new signs and striping.

According to the latest press release, “Motorists should plan for single lane closures, full roadway closures, reduced speed limits, and narrow roads. Significant delays are anticipated,” with estimated delay times of 30 to 60 minutes. The estimated weekly schedule through November 2022 includes work hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and night work Monday through Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Weekdays it will be open for single lane, alternating traffic operations in the morning, midday and evening (6:30-8:30 a.m., 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.) with full roadway closures all other times. 

The project is scheduled to be complete in November 2022. More information, a full schedule of closures and a sign-up for project alerts can be found at

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