U.S. 50 East Cañon Access Control Plan (ACP)

The City, partnering with CDOT, began work with a consultant, Stolfus & Associates, on developing an access control plan for U.S. Highway 50 from 15th Street to east of Raynolds Avenue This work is the next phase of the U.S. 50 Corridor Plan implementation to improve traffic flow and business access in the area. Please email inquires to City Engineering.


Project Goals

View the project goals for the ACP (PDF):

  • Maintain compatibility with existing and proposed off-system connections that provide local circulation to support the transportation system
  • Maintain compatibility with previous and ongoing local planning efforts
  • Provide effective and efficient through travel for traffic on U.S. 50
  • Provide a plan that is adoptable by all entities and can be implemented in phases
  • Provide safe, effective, and efficient access to and from U.S. 50 for businesses, residents, and guests
  • Support the economic viability of the project area
  • Support multi-modal transportation

U.S. 50 Corridor Plan

This plan, Adopted in 2015 is on East Cañon District (15th Street to Four Mile Creek). The purpose of the Corridor Plan (PDF) is to eliminate frontage road along the north side of US 50 and reconfigure the corridor to allow for:

  • Convenient and direct access to businesses from the highway
  • Corridor beautification and aesthetic improvement
  • Elimination of safety risks on Fremont Drive
  • Pedestrian/bike-friendly facilities
  • Safer and more efficient signalized intersections
  • Utilization of frontage road right-of-way spacefor public or private benefit

Corridor Map

View the Corridor Map (PDF).

Access Management Benefits

View the Access Management Benefits (PDF).


  • Conflict points and decision points reduced
  • Crashes reduced by up to 30% to 60%
  • Severe crashes reduced by 25% to 31%

Preserve Traffic Flow

  • Capacity increased by 20% to 40%
  • Greater fuel efficiency – less air pollution
  • Less delay and reduced travel times

Good Access Control is Good for Business

  • Consistent application of requirements
  • Retain original market area
  • Safe and predictable access for customers

Access Management Principles & Techniques

View the Access Management Principles and Techniques (PDF).

Consolidate Direct Access to Major Roadways

  • Connect Adjacent Properties
  • Consolidate Access Points
  • Define Driveways

Locate Signals/Intersections to Provide Efficient Traffic Flow

  • Allow for turning movements at predictable locations for smoother traffic flow
  • Space intersections for efficient signal progression

Remove Turning Vehicles from Through Traffic Lanes

  • Provide left- and right-turn lanes, if warranted

Minimize Locations Where Vehicles Merge, Split, or Cross

  • Directional Median Opening or 3/4 Movement
  • Right-in, Right-out with Raised Median

Provide a Supporting Street & Circulation System

  • Consider impacts to side street – do no harm
  • Relocate Access to Side Street
Revised Map
Draft Map

Traffic Simulation

View the traffic videos presenting projected traffic demands in the year 2040. Two scenarios for U.S. 50 are depicted; the existing configuration with the Fremont Drive frontage road and full implementation of the Access Control Plan. Two videos for each scenario depict 5th Street to 19th Street and Orchard Avenue to Raynolds Avenue. It takes approximately 5 minutes to watch all four videos.