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Highway 50 Closure West of Gunnison

Updated May 22, 2024

The safety closure related to recent bridge inspections remains in place for US Highway 50, approximately 15 miles west of Gunnison. Additionally, the final construction season for US 50 Little Blue Creek Canyon is underway, including scheduled lane closures and alternating traffic.

A recording and meeting summary from the May 21 Public Meeting in Gunnison will soon be available online at:

Highway 50 Middle Bridge Closure and County Road 26 Bypass 

The most updated information on the bridge closure and the CR 26 bypass can be found on the Gunnison County website, along with the option to sign up for Travel Advisories. CR 26 is a single-lane, gravel road that was never intended for the traffic currently being routed across it; to keep the road in good repair, a pilot car leads traffic through only at the scheduled times (up to seven times per day beginning May 20).

  • CR25 remains closed and accessible only to residents.
  • Kebler Pass remains closed and will NOT open for Memorial Day Weekend

Little Blue Creek Canyon Construction Information

The most up-to-date Little Blue Creek Canyon construction information (scheduled lane closures with single-lane traffic, weekend schedules, and holiday modifications) is available at https://www.us50info.com/. To sign up for text alerts, text us50 to 21000.

Alternate Travel Suggestions

  • Montrose to Gunnison
    Currently, the bypass on CR 26 is open multiple times daily for local traffic. The bypass adds about an hour of travel time between Montrose and Gunnison. All vehicles in line at the scheduled time (see the county website) will be allowed through.
  • From the North Fork Valley (Hotchkiss / Paonia)
    The bypass adds about an hour of travel time between Gunnison and the North Fork Valley via CO 92. All vehicles in line at the scheduled time (see the county website) will be allowed through the bypass.
  • From SW Colorado
    Because the CR 26 bypass adds about an hour of travel time to Gunnison, travelers to and from Cortez, Durango, and other SW towns will likely find it more efficient to go through Pagosa Springs to Saguache and then north to US 50. This route will also reduce congestion east of Montrose and on the CR 26 bypass.
  • From NW Colorado
    The bypass will add at least an hour of travel time to Gunnison, and travelers from to and from Grand Junction and other NW towns may find using I70 to Highway 24 less congested, though more time-consuming. This route will also reduce congestion east of Montrose and on the bypass.

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