Since 2016, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), City of Delta and Delta County have been working together to address the safety and congestion issues at the intersection of US 50 and Highway 92. Next year, 2020, CDOT is implementing a project to address these concerns.
Final designs are nearly complete; current plans are to increase the number of left turn lanes from one to two on what looks like Southbound US 50 turning eastbound onto Highway 92.
According to Director of Public Works and Utilities Betsy Suerth, many alterations will be made as a result of making that additional turning lane safe. The median of US 50 going northbound from Highway 92 will be extended. The entrance to City Market will be eliminated.
During construction CDOT will need to occupy the city held right-of-way (ROW) at First and Ute streets. A letter of consent has already been approved and signed authorizing the utilization of the ROW. CDOT and the city will also reach an agreement regarding the maintenance of the intersection.
In a letter of consent sent to CDOT Region 3 from the City of Delta, CDOT has also “designed, budgeted for, and intends to construct intersection improvements at the subject intersection, along with sidewalk, curb and gutter, ADA compliant curb ramps, drainage improvements, detector loops and associated infrastructure improvements.”
Hopes are to construct during the summer of 2020. Bid packages will go out early next year.
“CDOT is working to understand the dynamics of the intersection to mitigate impact,” said Suerth. For example, no weekend or night work will be completed during the Smith Mountain Rally bicycle event, Deltarado Days, the Car Show and Speed Celebration and Parade of Lights during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
CDOT is funding this project. CDOT hasn’t confirmed that the right-in right-out improvements at Meeker Street will be incorporated into this project, but the city may contribute if needed.