US Highway 50 closed for 24 hours in Gunnison County

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GUNNISON COUNTY, Colo. — The Little Blue Creek Canyon project will have Highway 50 closed in both directions between mile markers 123 and 127 until Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. 

The roadway is fully closed in both directions and no vehicles will be able to pass.  The closure lies between Fitzpatrick Mesa and Blue Mesa and is south of Morrow Point Reservoir and southeast of Cimarron, Colorado.

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.

Local detour

CO 92 detour for local traffic only and trucks less than 70’ in length. No hazardous materials will be permitted on the detour.
Map courtesy US 50 Little Blue Creek Canyon Improvement Project

Official detour

Map courtesy US 50 Little Blue Creek Canyon Improvement Project

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