CDOT Begins Study of North US287 Corridor Citing Higher than Average Crash Rates

CDOT is conducting a safety study on US-287 from Ted’s Place north to the Wyoming border.
Over the past five years, a total of 570 crashes were reported along the corridor. Of these, 439 were property-damage-only crashes, 116 crashes resulted in injury and there were 15 fatal crashes. US 287 is also a prominent freight corridor and experiences nearly 900 trucks per day traveling along its length.
The study will:
  • Assess the magnitude and nature of the safety problem within the study limits.
  • Relate crash causality to roadway geometrics, roadside features, traffic control devices, traffic operations, driver behavior, wildlife, and vehicle type.
  • Recommend cost effective safety and mobility projects to address identified problems.
  • Prioritize recommendations based upon factors such as level of improvement and benefit-cost.
Icy roads and foggy conditions made the drive on US287 challenging on Thursday, January 20 2022. (Photo by Blaine Howerton)
CDOT’s 10-year plan identifies the potential for passing lanes as well as other safety improvements to be constructed in the relatively near future. Once future design and construction funding is identified, the recommendations from this study may be used to identify those improvements most urgently needed. Public outreach and feedback from corridor stakeholders and the community will assist the project team to identify and prioritize possible improvements.