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Little Blue Creek Canyon

Project Description

CONSTRUCTION IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN SPRING 2021. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD), in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the National Park Service, are proposing to improve 3.8 miles of U.S. Highway 50. The project is located between mile posts 123 and 126.8 which is approximately 30 miles east of Montrose, Colorado and approximately 33 miles from Gunnison, Colorado. The route provides access to various federal lands, including The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Curecanti National Recreational Area, BLM land, and USFS land. The project is divided into two segments, 3 and 4 respectively. Proposed improvements within Segment 3 include realignment, widening the highway to two, 12-foot travel lanes with two, 4-foot wide paved shoulders, guardrail replacement, additional rock fall catchment area, new signage, and striping. Proposed improvements within Segment 4 include realignment, widening the highway to two, 12-foot travel lanes with two, 8-foot wide paved shoulders, new signage, and striping.

For more information on the US50 Little Blue Creek Canyon project, please visit the US50 Project website. The website includes a project overview, traffic impacts, FAQs, and a place to sign up for emailed project updates.

Anticipated Timeline

Advertise: Fall 2020
Construction: Spring 2021-Fall 2023

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