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Repairs set for next week on U.S. 50 between Howard and Coaldale

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will repair a bridge structure on U.S. 50 between Howard and Coaldale at mile point 238.5. According to a notification from CDOT Southwest Regional Communications Manager Lisa Ann Schwantes, the bridge location is approximately 16.5 miles east of Salida. Repair work will include the installation of 13 new metal box beams that will reinforce existing wood timber girders.

The project is expected to take one week to complete, with ongoing work at the bridge from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 25- 29. There will be traffic impacts.

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Motorists will encounter full stops, lane shifts and one-lane alternating traffic guided by a portable light signal. The temporary light signal will be in place only during the day, with normal traffic flow overnight.

Travelers should expect to experience up to 15-minute delays and should allow themselves extra travel time. A speed reduction of 40 MPH will be in place and drivers are advised to slow down and use extreme caution when approaching and driving through the work zone over the bridge. Motorists are urged to be aware of work crews and heavy equipment.

CDOT is urging travelers to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts, anticipated travel impacts, and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

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