US 50 Monarch Pass Runaway Truck Ramp Repair Complete — Colorado Department of Transportation

The Colorado Department of Transportation, in partnership with Bechtolt Engineering and Williams Construction, has completed repairs to a US 50 Freeway emergency truck ramp located at MP 204, approximately four miles east of the Monarch Pass summit. The runaway truck ramp is now operational.

“This mountain corridor is heavily used by freight drivers, so it was one of our priorities to fix the runaway truck ramp and also keep the traveling public safe during the construction period.” Julie Constan, Region 5 Director of Transportation, said, “CDOT worked closely with the Colorado State Patrol to inform commercial drivers of the closure and control traffic speed throughout the work zone.”

After sumps were located on the runaway truck ramp in June 2022, plans were put in place to replace the existing metal culvert with a reinforced concrete pipe and headwall. In addition to improvements to the ramp infrastructure, the railings and overhead signage were updated.

Ongoing repairs and upgrades will improve roadway safety for all motorists and extend the life of the truck ramp structure.

Due to Colorado’s mountainous terrain, commercial truckers can easily overheat their brakes and cause failure. Drivers are encouraged to use low gears and descend mountain passes at low speeds to avoid brake failure. Runaway truck ramps are located along the corridors of steeply graded roads so that truckers can get off the road and avoid collisions if their brakes fail. A runaway truck ramp is located on both sides of Monarch Pass, MP 194 (westbound) and MP 204 (eastbound). Drivers should never hesitate to use runaway truck ramps if they lose control of their vehicle.

project information

For additional information on this project:

Know before you go

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information on weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions before you hit the road. CDOT resources include:

Remember: slow for the cone area

The following tips are to help keep you safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey posted speed limits.
  • Stay alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch out for workers. Drive carefully.
  • Do not change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on your headlights so workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel hours.
  • Leave a wide space between you and the car in front.
  • Anticipate lane changes and merge when directed.
  • Be patient!

Download the COtrip app!

The new FREE COtrip Planner mobile app was designed to meet the growing trend of information on mobile and tablet devices for the traveling public. The COtrip Planner app provides real-time traffic information throughout the state and works on mobile devices running on the iOS and Android platforms. Visit Google Play Store (Android devices) or Apple Store (iOS devices) to download!

Leave a Comment