Highway 50 Blue Creek Canyon Detour Info

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Winter Season 2023 Updated Travel Announcement

Nighttime Roadway Travel

No nighttime full roadway closures will be scheduled for the remainder of the project.

Weekend Travel

US 50 will OPEN to two-way traffic with no delays from Fridays at 5:30 PM to Mondays at 8:30 AM.

Holiday Break Announcement

US 50 will open to two-way traffic with no delays beginning the evening of Thursday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m. and will continue to be open through the Spring of 2024.

US 50 Winter Shutdown Information

Construction activities for the Little Blue Creek Canyon project will be shut down beginning Thursday evening, December 21st, at 7:30 p.m. for the entire winter season. Traffic will be open to two lanes with no delays.

The project will resume for final finish work in the Spring of 2024 in late April or early May; no start date has been announced. Thank you for being so patient, and have a wonderful winter season.

Width restrictions in place

The width restriction is lifted.

For the most up-to-date travel information through the Canyon, visit the Little Blue Creek Canyon Project website.

What is the Little Blue Creek Safety Project and Why the Closures?

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Central Federal Lands Highway Division are working together to fund significant highway improvements to Little Blue Canyon on US 50 between Montrose and Gunnison.  Funding for the $40 million project is provided by a $20 million grant from the Colorado Federal Lands Access Program with CDOT providing a matching $20 million.  The project is also in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service.  

The overall goal of the project is to improve safety along US Hwy 50 in the project area and realign the road, widen the highway to two (2) 12-foot travel lanes with 4-foot wide shoulders. To do this, the contractor, will have to complete rock fall mitigation work and blasting through the construction zone which requires closures of US 50.  Due to the rock mitigation and blasting activities in the Little Blue Canyon area, US 50 must be closed to all vehicle traffic during these times.

Official Detour Information