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Roundabout for a reason: Traffic redesign where two highways meet in Fremont County

Posted at 6:58 PM, May 29, 2024

FREMONT COUNTY — A roundabout is going in where Highway 50 and Highway 115 merge at the south end of Penrose in Fremont County.

“A safety improvement project mainly for the truck traffic that was coming eastbound on highway 50,” said Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Resident Engineer, Wayne Pittman.

It is also to improve traffic flow.

CDOT is investing nearly $3 million for the change,

It is at the top of the eastbound on and off ramps where drivers previously encountered a stop sign before they could turn left.

“There was enough of a queue backing up that there was actually traffic on 50. So, we are trying to reduce that conflict with the traffic waiting to be able to turn north,” said Pittman.

It is an expedited build and that comes with frequent changes to traffic flow.

The project started in March and it is on track for an early completion mid-summer.

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