US 50 Closed for 24 Hours

Local News

REMOTE — The Little Blue Creek Canyon project team announces 24-hour full roadway closure between MP 123 – MP 127 through Little Blue Creek Canyon today, Monday, May 24 through tomorrow, May 25, until 5:30 p.m. 

The roadway is fully closed in both directions and no vehicles will be able to pass. The 24-hour closure is necessary for the safe removal of a large section of rock. Emergency vehicles will be able to get through the project area.  

“This afternoon during regularly scheduled activities associated with rockwork, crews discovered a large rock formation to be compromised. The rock formation sits approximately 100 feet above the highway and is likely 1,000 tons.  Due to the safety of motorists, the full roadway closure is necessary,” says Kathleen Wanatowicz, Public Information Manager for the Little Blue Creek Canyon Project. “ We thank everyone for their patience as we work to safely remove the rock formation and create a clear roadway.”

Arrowhead Residents: Access from Gunnison (east side) is possible for Arrowhead residents and Alpine Plateau Road, traffic control will be on duty. Detour routes are recommended. 

Detour options during closures:
When US 50 is closed, local passenger vehicles and small trucks can use Colorado Highway 92 as a local alternate route. All other trucks and recreation vehicles over 70 feet in length will need to use I-70 to the north, US 160 to the south, or wait for one of the planned openings. Please allow additional time due to the restricted open times and single-lane operations.

Vehicles carrying hazardous materials will need to use I-70 to the north, US 160 to the south, or wait for one of the planned openings. Please allow additional time due to the restricted open times and single-lane operations.

LOCAL DETOUR MAP
CO 92 detour for local traffic only and trucks less than 70’ in length. No hazardous materials will be permitted on the detour.

OFFICIAL DETOUR MAP

PROJECT & TRAVEL INFO
For additional information about this project, including assistance for agricultural producers and residents of the Arrowhead community, contact the project team.

  • Project hotline: 970-340-4333

A text message notifications system is available for this project. Register for alerts by texting us50 to 21000; charges may apply.

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