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CDOT is performing bridge work across southwest Colorado this fall. Courtesy image.

A new highway maintenance alert from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that CDOT road crews will be performing bridge work on CO 291 over the Arkansas River, as part of a bridge inspection program across southwest Colorado this fall.

Drivers should watch for workers and heavy equipment over the Arkansas River Bridge, on Thursday, Nov. 2. Inspections will be done on the Colorado Highway 291 bridge structure, just north of downtown Salida. Motorists can expect brief delays and one-lane alternating traffic from Mile Points 2-3, to allow for worker safety during operations.

Traffic Impacts

  • Operations will take place Thursday, November 2 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Motorists should plan for 10-15 minute delays and should allow for extra travel time.
  • Expect one-lane alternating traffic guided by signs, cones and flagging personnel.
  • A speed reduction to 40 mph will be enforced through the work zones.

Know Before You Go
Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

Road conditions and travel information:
Download the COtrip Planner app:
Sign up for project or travel alerts:
See scheduled construction lane closures:
Connect with @ColoradoDOT on social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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

  • Do not speed in work zones/cone zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.
  • Don’t change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones, especially while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
  • Be patient.
  • Download the COtrip App.

CDOT maintains more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,400 bridges, and 35 mountain passes. Find more details at