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ADA Improvements to begin in Salida on US 50 & CO 291

March 16, 2021 - Southwestern Colorado - Construction to begin March 29

SALIDA, CO — The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin construction to upgrade curb ramps and sidewalks at various locations along US 50 and CO 291 in Salida. The project will ensure that current federal standards, with the Americans with Disabilities Act, are met and maintained for enhanced accessibility and pedestrian safety. Work will begin on Monday, March 29, with work expected to be complete in Mid August 2021. 

“Improving the sidewalks and curb access will benefit Salida’s business district and multimodal needs,” said Julie Constan, the Regional Transportation Director for southwest Colorado. “Complying with ADA standards will make certain all members of the community—whether on foot, wheelchair or bicycle—can easily and readily use highway crossings and intersection crosswalks.” 

US 50 & CO 291 Salida ADA Ramp Project Map

This project will improve curb ramps, sections of adjacent sidewalks, curbs, and gutter systems. Work will take place on US 50 from MP 220.48 to 223.40 and CO 291 from MP 0.0 to 2.24. This project will enhance pedestrian and road safety.

Travel Impacts

Flagging operations will be exercised to ensure pedestrian safety during the course of construction. Minimal delays to traffic are anticipated. Drivers will experience daytime shoulder closures and single-lane closures throughout the duration of the project Monday through Saturday. The speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph within the work zone on US 50 and will be strictly enforced. Traffic fines will be doubled in the work zone. Motorists should slow down, drive with caution and give themselves extra travel time. 

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About CDOT

CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.