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PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by gb » Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:00 am

I don't remember seeing a thread about this, so just a heads-up that highway 50 will be closed extensively from 4/21 to 11/22, with very limited openings. Lake City access won't be affected, but you'll want to time your travels or pick a different route if heading to the San Juans from the East. https://www.gunnisontimes.com/index.php ... -closures?
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Re: PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by stephakett » Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:43 am

Closures of U.S. 50 at Little Blue Canyon are set to begin next month, as soon as April 1. The closure area is from mile points 123 to 127, roughly halfway between Gunnison and Montrose.

Alternating one-way traffic will move through the fourmile site on weekdays for two hours in the morning, one hour at noon and two hours in the evening. Weekends, as well as Friday evenings and Monday mornings, will be open to twoway traffic without delays.
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Re: PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by Trotter » Sun Mar 21, 2021 1:39 pm

good to know info.
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Re: PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by ltlFish99 » Sun Mar 21, 2021 9:21 pm

Thanks for this information.
I will be going that way many times this summer and this is good to know.
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Re: PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by docinco » Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:03 am

this will actually be going on for a couple of years--not sure the plans have been finalized yet.
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Re: PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by CaptCO » Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:22 am

Yeah I saw a sign warning on the way back from Crested Butt yesterday
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Re: PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by gb » Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:51 am

docinco wrote:
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:03 am
this will actually be going on for a couple of years--not sure the plans have been finalized yet.
That's why there is an article linked with the plans.
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Re: PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by Scott P » Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:42 am

I'm sure most people already know this, but Highway 92 is an alternate route and a prettier drive anyway.
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Re: PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by HikerGuy » Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:58 am

It looks like getting to the Cimarrons will be most affected. You can still get to Coxcomb/Redcliff and company from Ouray, but Little Cimarron Road (Sheep, Silver and friends) is only accessible from 50.
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Re: PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by Scott P » Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:15 am

HikerGuy wrote:
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:58 am
Little Cimarron Road (Sheep, Silver and friends) is only accessible from 50.
True, but all of the construction on US 50 is east of there. You could still come from Montrose. US 50 between Montrose and Little Cimmaron won't be affected.
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Re: PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by supranihilest » Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:25 am

Information can be found here: https://www.us50info.com/.

Map of the closure area and alternate routes (not an entirely useful map...):
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Re: PSA Highway 50 Gunnison to Montrose roadwork closures

Post by HikerGuy » Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:29 am

Scott P wrote:
Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:15 am
HikerGuy wrote:
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:58 am
Little Cimarron Road (Sheep, Silver and friends) is only accessible from 50.
True, but all of the construction on US 50 is east of there. You could still come from Montrose. US 50 between Montrose and Little Cimmaron won't be affected.
I was speaking more to the how much out of the way it might be for someone from the Front Range vs. can you actually get to it. Heck, access is open Friday night through Sunday in addition to the other windows. The closure is not that big a deal unless your itinerary places you in the wrong spot at the wrong time.
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