Bridge now open on CO 71 south of Rocky Ford

June 9, 2021 - Southeastern Colorado

Roadway with yellow striping

OTERO COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation and TLM Constructors are pleased to announce the completion and opening of the bridge on CO Highway 71. Work began on the structure south of Rocky Ford at MP 10.71 over the Rocky Ford Highline Canal in February. The work required a full road closure to enable crews to replace the bridge structure. Bridge rail and guardrail was also replaced as well as roadway reconstruction for the bridge approach. This project benefits motorists by making the bridge safer and improving the driving experience. “The project was able to overcome a very wet spring and get the bridge replaced quickly,” said Richard Zamora, CDOT Region 2 Transportation Director.

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About CDOT

CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options. 

Remember: Slow for the Cone Zone

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

  • Do not speed in work 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 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!