A bridge on Highway 50 has closed, affecting visitors driving into Gunnison from the west. Please click here for more information.

U.S. 50 Bridge Closure Information

Looking for U.S. 50 bridge closure information? Bookmark this page for up-to-date driving directions, business openings and news updates. This page contains information for all travelers, whether you are coming from the west or the east. Keep reading to learn more about how to get around the area and access businesses and amenities in the region.

Map of the U.S. 50 bridge closure

Reason for U.S. Highway 50 bridge closure

The bridge between Gunnison and Montrose near Dillon Pinnacles has been closed for safety reasons since an inspection in mid-April. The road is closed between mile markers 136 and 140. 

Official CDOT information page

Get the latest updates on the Hwy 50 closure, bridge repair process and alternate routes on the official CDOT information page. 

When will the bridge reopen?

According to CDOT, the current goal is to make repairs that safely allow limited traffic over the bridge by July 4, 2024. At the completion of the permanent repairs, full loads will be allowed on the bridge. CDOT anticipates the project will be completed in fall 2024. 

Bookmark this page or check the official CDOT information page linked above to stay updated.

Local public traffic allowed through CR 26

Hwy 50 bridge closure detour goes through Lake City Cutoff road

County Road 26, the Lake City cutoff, opens multiple times a day to local public travel in both directions. “Local public travel” refers to travel related to medical visits, commuting for work, visiting the area, and surrounding communities, and for residents who live on either side of the road closure. Expect a delay of about an hour.

Visit the CDOT U.S. 50 bridge closure information page for a schedule of daily travel windows.

Resources for travelers coming from the west

Driving from Montrose to Gunnison during Hwy 50 bridge closure

Coming from Grand Junction, Montrose, Telluride or anywhere else west of Gunnison, but can’t take the detour through CR 26? Currently, the fastest alternate route between Montrose and Gunnison is the detour via I-70. This route takes about six hours. From Montrose, drive west on U.S. Highway 50. In Grand Junction, head east on I-70. At Beaver Creek, turn south on U.S. Highway 24, then take U.S. Highway 50 west over Monarch Pass until you get to Gunnison.

Resources for travelers coming from the east

Travel to Gunnison from the east is unchanged

Coming from Denver, the Front Range, Salida or anywhere east of Gunnison? If Gunnison is your destination, the route is unchanged. Monarch Pass and Cottonwood Pass are open, and Gunnison remains fully accessible from the east. Blue Mesa Reservoir east of the bridge closure is operating normally and open to anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Driving from Gunnison to Montrose during Hwy 50 bridge closure

Need to travel from Gunnison to Montrose, but can’t take the CR 26 detour? Currently, the fastest route between Gunnison and Montrose is the detour via I-70. This route takes about six hours. From Gunnison, drive east over Monarch Pass and turn north on U.S. Highway 24. In Beaver Creek, head west on I-70. Take U.S. Highway 50 east from Grand Junction to Montrose. 

Mountain passes

Is Kebler Pass open?

Kebler Pass, also known as Gunnison County Road 12, is still closed due to winter conditions and cannot currently be used as a Hwy 50 bridge closure detour. Check COTrip for updates.

Is Cottonwood Pass open?

Cottonwood Pass, also known as Chaffee County Road 306, is not open. 

Hwy 50 bridge closure over Blue Mesa

Are businesses near Blue Mesa open?

Businesses west and east of the bridge closure remain open! These businesses appreciate any support you can give during this difficult time.

Please note that in addition to the businesses listed on this map, Arrowhead Lodge (west of the closure) is also open.

U.S. 50 bridge closure business and amenity information

Blue Mesa businesses

The following companies who operate near the bridge closure are open for business! Learn more about lodging, camping, guided fishing trips and more.

The rim of a canyon in the fall. Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of Colorado's least visited National Parks.

Is Blue Mesa Reservoir open?

Blue Mesa Reservoir is open everywhere except around the Hwy 50 bridge closure. Curecanti National Recreation Area is also open to visitors. Learn more about things to do in and around Colorado’s largest reservoir. 

The latest news on U.S. 50 bridge closure information

Read the following articles for more information on the Hwy 50 closure, bridge inspection and planned repairs.

More Gunnison County travel alerts

For more Gunnison County travel alerts, including road closures, fire regulations, webcams and emergency notifications, visit our Travel Alerts page.

Getting to Crested Butte and Gunnison

Whether you’re getting to the Gunnison Valley via plane, bus or car, all the travel tips you need can be found on our Getting Here page.

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