Oak Street’s Face Lift

A new multi-modal corridor for Salida


Project overview

Oak Street (CO 291) is a popular roadway at the eastern edge of the City that is an important gateway to businesses along Rainbow Boulevard (US 50) and Salida’s historic downtown. In addition to vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists frequently use Oak Street as a favorite route in and out of town.

Having a shared, aesthetically-pleasing corridor along Oak Street is important to the community, which is why the City of Salida and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have teamed up to plan a safe, vibrant, and multi-modal gateway. The goal of any future improvements is to provide a safe route along Oak Street for everyone – regardless of their transportation method. View design concepts online and complete the survey.

Why are improvements needed?

We recognize that Salida, like much of Colorado, is experiencing rapid growth. Because of this, we understand that planning for future growth in a thoughtful, data-driven and community-centered way is important to maintain the City’s character and charm. One area of future concern is the safety and capacity of Oak Street.

The area around Highway 50 and Oak Street is projected to see an increase in development over the next few years. Because of this growth, City leaders want to ensure that there are adequate roads, sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, and other infrastructure necessary to keep traffic moving while protecting pedestrians and bicyclists and to ensure that businesses maintain safe access to our streets and highways.


What’s being proposed?

The City and CDOT hired transportation experts to help develop safe, attractive alternatives for the Oak Street corridor, including:

  • Reconfiguration of US 50 and Oak Street (CO 291) intersection
  • Improved Oak Street pedestrian and bike access
  • New landscaping and design features

These proposed enhancements align with the recommendations of the Future 50 plan completed in 2019, which outlines a vision for the future of the Highway 50 corridor. Following significant community input, several high priority projects emerged, including:

  • Installing sidewalks where missing
  • Identifying locations for gateways including Oak Street
  • Making bike crossing improvements
  • Conducting an intersection study for Oak Street and Highway 50


What’s next?

The City and CDOT are currently in the planning and community input phase of this project and work has not been budgeted.

Residents are encouraged to provide feedback on design elements and options. The survey will remain open until Monday, September 7. Results from the community survey will be shared toward the end of September.


To learn more about the proposed improvements and design alternatives, and to provide feedback, view the interactive project website.