Mesa and Delta Counties – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contract partner Elam Construction of Grand Junction are pleased to announce the completion of the US Highway 50 North Delta Settlement Repair Project. The multi-year project ran along US 50 from Mile 47.6 in Whitewater and continued over 19 miles to MP 66.7 near Delta. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Transportation and partner agencies gathered Friday, July 29 to celebrate the completion of the United States Highway 50 Settlement Repair Project. Click here for a media kit with photos of the completed project and Friday’s celebration.
“This section was known as the ‘Delta Dips’ or the ‘Roller Coaster’ for a reason,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “For too long it was in dire need of repairs, but CDOT lacked the resources to fix it. When the Polis administration’s 10-year plan process began, this project quickly became a priority, and it was ready to go when federal stimulus funds became available in 2021. CDOT is grateful to all of our partners, including including Delta County, Mesa County, Elam Construction and others for helping us achieve the important milestone of completing this project. »
The project received $15 million in federal stimulus funds in 2021. The funding was part of the total $150 million CDOT received in federal funds from the COVID-19 relief program and stimulus funds in a program omnibus credits.
During the project, crews worked on deep reclamation, milling, hot mix asphalt top mat paving and lane level paving, shoulder, guardrail installation , installation of rumble strips and permanent tracing. “This section of US 50 is a safer ride thanks to extensive rehabilitation at multiple locations along this 19-mile project,” said Region 3 Transportation Manager Jason Smith. “The new paving with hot mix asphalt will add approximately 10 years of life to the highway and eliminate ruts and road damage.”
“US Highway 50 is a lifeline for residents, businesses and commuters in Delta, Montrose and Mesa counties,” said Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes. “Smoother and safer driving on US 50 between Grand Junction and Delta benefits all of these motorists.”
Other benefits of the project include the installation of a new 31-inch high guardrail, designed to meet new safety standards requirements. The taller guardrail will help veering vehicles stay on the road more efficiently, making the highway safer for the traveling public. The old standard guardrail height was 27 inches. Additional work has been added to the original contract to complete the necessary improvements at the east end of the project.
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