Drivers planning to detour around Colorado Highway 184 next week can now wait until the week after. A planned closure on the road has been postponed from next Monday (Oct. 24th) until the following Sunday, (October 30th) according to the public information line for the construction project.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) plans to fully close a section of Highway 184 at the Narraguinnep Canal bridge, according to a news release. The bridge is located approximately one mile past the intersection to U.S. Highway 491. Crews will work around the clock during the closure, and CDOT expects to reopen the road by Sunday, November 6th. Local residents will still have access to their properties within the work zone, but CDOT says all other traffic should consider an alternate route south through Cortez on highways 491, 160, and 145.
Once the one-week closure is completed, brief delays with one-lane alternating traffic will resume. CDOT asks drivers to obey all speed limit reductions (from 55 MPH to 45 MPH) and construction road signs during the project.
CDOT’s project involves replacing a bridge over Narraguinnep canal, improving drainage structures, and installing new guardrails. The project started Monday, and is expected to last until the end of November.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the closure would occur near the turnoff to U.S. Highway 160. It will actually occur near the intersection to Highway 491.