Aug 20, 2012 6:44 PM by Greg Boyce

New lanes under construction on Highway 50

Road construction between Lamar and Las Animas on Highway 50 will add passing lanes and merging lanes.

The project includes acceleration and deceleration lanes at Fort Lyon and McClave and passing lanes both east and west bound near Hasty.

Drivers can expect single lane closures from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with flaggers alternating traffic through the work zone. Delays up to 10 minutes should be expected. The speed limit also will be reduced to 45 mph through the work zone and vehicles wider than 12 feet will not be allowed to travel through the area during work hours.

"This project will be a big safety enhancement for Highway 50 through this area," said CDOT Project Engineer Terry Woodward. "By providing passing lanes, it'll hopefully eliminate the hazard that's created from passing traffic along two-lane highways. And, the accel and decel lanes at Hasty will give drivers more room to safely merge onto U.S. 50."

By the end of November, the new lanes and initial paving and drainage work is scheduled to be complete. The project then will stop in the winter and resume in March 2013 for final paving, seeding, striping and signing.



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