Little Blue Creek Canyon

Project Description

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.

Public Involvement

There will be two public meetings held for this project. The Project Team will be on-site to answer your questions and hear your comments.

  • Meeting # 1 in Montrose
    Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: The Lions Community Building Club House
    602 N. Nevada Ave.
    Montrose, CO 81401
  • Meeting # 2 in Gunnison
    Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
    Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: ICELab (upstairs)
    540 Escalante Drive
    Gunnison, CO 81230

Come learn about the proposed plans to:

  • Increase safety
  • Maintain economic development
  • Reduce maintenance and operating costs
  • Enhance recreational travel and driver experience
  • Preserve the existing transportation system
  • Manage construction detours and closures

Key Project Dates

Advertise: Spring 2020
Construction: Summer 2020 – Fall 2021

Project Photos

Existing road

Existing road.


Existing road

Existing road.

Map showing general vicinity of project
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Project Details
Project # CO FLAP US50(1)
Project Name Little Blue Creek Canyon
Location Gunnison County
FLMA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management
Status In Development

Contact Information

Project Manager: James Herlyck
Phone: 720-963-3698
Email: James.Herlyck@dot.gov

Federal Highway Administration
Central Federal Lands Highway Division
12300 West Dakota Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228
720-963-3500