US 50 Pedestrian Improvements

For the past several years Cañon City, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and Wilson & Company (Engineers) have been working to develop and fund a project that would improve pedestrian crossings along US-50 in the Downtown District (1st Street to 15th Street). The project need was originally identified in the US-50 Corridor Plan (2015) which was further refined by the US-50 Pedestrian Crossing Study (2017) and the US-50 West Access Control Plan (2020). 

Funding for the project is derived primarily from CDOT grants totaling near 90% of the total project cost and approximately 10% local match.  The existing funding is expected to be enough to complete the entire project from 1st to 15th Street.  Work began in December 2023 and is expected to be completed in May 2024.

Update 02/05/2024: Beginning this week, work on the US Hwy 50 Pedestrian Improvement Project will necessarily be between 9th and 15th Streets along Royal Gorge Boulevard. Most of the work will be concentrated in the center of the roadway where the medians are to be constructed. This work will include the removal of asphalt, installation of conduits, and other preparatory work. The City appreciates your patience during this time!

Update 12/11/2023: Beginning Tuesday, December 12, 2023, work on the US Hwy 50 Pedestrian Improvement Project will begin between 1st and 5th Streets along US Hwy 50. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane of travel in each direction in this area. Work will begin in the existing center turn lane. Access to US Hwy 50 at the cross streets (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th) will be restricted to right in/right out, except that signalized intersections will remain open to traffic at this time.

Update 12/09/2023: Work on the US-50 Pedestrian Improvement Project is scheduled to begin next week. Work in the first phase is planned between 1st and 5th Streets. The exact start date will be dependent upon the weather.

Update 11/9/2023: The project has been awarded to the low bidder (Pyramid Excavating). Work is likely to begin in late November or early December.

Update 10/3/2023: The project had to be reissued for bids as there were no bids submitted on the first round that met the federal requirements. We have the project reposted for bids and are starting the process over. We still plan to have construction this fall but it will likely be November by the time we rebid and can issue an award.

Project Design Maps

Additional Materials Regarding Crossing Areas

2023-2024 Schedule

  • Project Bidding: June 2023
  • Council Consideration of Bids: July 2023
  • Preconstruction Open House: August 2023
  • Re-issued Bids: October 12, 2023
  • Construction Start: Late November 2023
  • Construction Finish: May 2024

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