Chipeta/Hwy 550 Signalization Project

Chipeta Signal Overview DrawingProject Timeline

  • Project Award: August 2022
  • Estimated Completion Date: Late Spring 2023

Project Team (Managed by Montrose County)

  • Project Designer: HDR Engineering (Grand Junction, CO)
  • Construction Contractor: Mountain Valley Contracting (Grand Junction, CO)

Project Costs

  • Design Cost: $110k
  • Construction Cost: $900k

Project Overview

In 2019, CDOT completed an (updated) access control plan for this reach of Highway 550 which included plans for the eventual signalization of its intersection with Chipeta Road. More recently in 2020, a traffic impact study (TIS) was completed for a proposed development alongside Chipeta Road near the Cobble Creek golf course. This TIS included evaluations of the Chipeta/550 intersection, a review of collision data, and identified that signal warrants appear to be met at this time.

In response to the need, Montrose County and the City of Montrose entered into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to design and construct a traffic signal at the intersection of Chipeta Road and US Highway 550. Through this IGA, the cost for the design and construction of the signal will be split 60% county and 40% city, based on their proportionate share of traffic contributing to the intersection.

Please see the adjacent overview drawing for the signalized intersection.