Highway 50 Speeds

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will present recommendations on how to reduce speeds on US Hwy 50 Monday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers. This meeting was previously scheduled for June 17 at 6:00 p.m.

CDOT recently presented Highway 50 survey results May 15th, which are available on the City’s website at http://cityofsalida.com/projects/highway-50-speeds/.

A recently completed speed study for U.S. Hwy 50 conducted by CDOT showed that drivers in the corridor are typically traveling 5 to 7 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. According to CDOT’s policy, this information requires CDOT to increase the posted speed limit in the corridor – unless alterations are made to the existing configuration of the roadway that will change driver behavior.

City Council is considering “Road Diet” options to reduce speeds. CDOT has presented different designs that may be implemented along the highway corridor, including reducing the number of lanes, restriping, medians, bike lanes, on street parking, and gateway signage. Other ideas include pedestrian crossings, electronic radar signs, and other traffic calming measures.

Some of these ideas will be incorporated into the enhancement funding project from C.R. 107/New Street to Palmer Street on U.S. Hwy 50. The City has received $575,000 in Enhancement funding from CDOT for the installation of sidewalks, parkways, and lighting from C.R. 107/New Street to Palmer Street along Hwy 50. The project is anticipated to begin in late summer.

Poncha Springs is undergoing traffic calming and road diet measures by reconstructing Hwy 50/US 285 to connect with downtown Poncha Springs. The project includes creating a four-way signalized intersection at Hwy 50/US 285 and Poncha Avenue. Further, striping on Hwy 50 through Poncha Springs will allow for one through lane in each direction, with left-turn lanes in the center of the roadway, as well as bicycle lanes along the sides. A traffic signal will be installed with pedestrian crosswalks and ADA-compliant ramps on all four segments of the intersection.

The City hopes to garner as much public input on this important topic to allow the City to continue to move forward with this infrastructure project. Please attend the meeting Monday, June 16th at 6:00 p.m.


Thank you to all who have attended the Hwy 50 meetings with CDOT . CDOT will give a presentation of their recommendation regarding Highway 50 at the regular City Council meeting June 16, 2014. Updates and information to follow.

The results of the recent survey on Hwy 50 changes  can be found here: Salida-US 50 Corridor Survey Results


The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the state agency responsible for maintaining Colorado’s 9,144 mile highway system. CDOT conducted a speed study along the Highway 50 corridor in Salida last summer. As a result of this study, CDOT is planning to increase speeds along Highway 50 in town. A meeting was held with CDOT representatives in late October with City staff, former Mayor Stephens, Councilman Baker and Commissioner Frank Holman. After considering our concerns CDOT proposed compromised changes Map_Hwy 50 CDOT proposed changes still increasing the speed limit up to 50 mph in some areas of Salida’s Hwy 50 business corridor.

City Council and staff feel this proposed increase is unacceptable. If anything, speeds should be decreased in this important regional center of commerce.

CDOT notification to City 09.16.2013

Response letter to CDOT re Speed Study 10.17.13

CDOT response to City 11.04.2013

Mayor Dickson’s CDOT speed letter 01.02.14