January 25, 2023
Montrose County Event Center
1036 North 7th Street
Montrose, CO 81404
CDOT Highway 550 South Roadway and Safety Improvements Open House
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
*Two or more Ouray County Commissioners may attend and participate in this event.*
|Roadway and safety improvements to begin on US 550 south of Montrose|
Open house for the public on Wed., Jan. 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Montrose County Event Center
MONTROSE COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation and contract partner Elam Construction of Grand Junction will begin roadway and safety improvements along US Highway 550 on January 30. CDOT and the project team will host an open house for the public on Wed., Jan. 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Montrose County Event Center. The address of the event is 1036 North 7th Street. The general public and members of the public with access points along the highway corridor are encouraged to attend to learn about the phasing schedule and traffic impacts.
The project will take place at three locations along the 8.5-mile section of US 550. The project limits will begin at Otter Road south of Montrose, at Mile Point 126, and will continue to the Ouray-Montrose county line, at MP 117.5.
The US 550 corridor safety improvements include 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 at Rose Road and 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 new passing lanes will improve traffic flow and provide safer operational conditions while the auxiliary lanes will provide vehicles a safe path to decelerate to an appropriate speed before exiting the highway. The project is expected to last through October.
Other benefits of the project include a wildlife fencing system. Wildlife fencing keeps animals off the highway and directs them to safer crossing locations. When animals do enter the highway the new game ramps will allow access for animals to exit the highway corridor.
Daytime work will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists should plan for lane shifts, shoulder closures, one-lane alternating traffic, and a reduced speed limit throughout the work-zone.