Additional Signals Activated on Highway 96 Four Bridge Project

May 23, 2011 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - CROWLEY/KIOWA COUNTIES – Another traffic signal is operating at a bridge construction site on State Highway 96 between Ordway and Eads.

The new signal is alternating eastbound and westbound traffic on the one-lane detour road that goes around the work zone, about seven miles west of Arlington (mile 123.2).

Later this week, a fourth signal begins operating where another bridge is under construction, two miles west of Haswell.

Two other signals currently are alternating traffic at Black Draw (mile 114.5), four miles east of Sugar City, and at a draw, nine miles west of Arlington (mile 121.1).

All signals operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are timed to minimize wait times for stopped vehicles.

Over-width vehicles, wider than 12 feet, will need to use an alternate route while the detours are in place.  This restriction is expected to continue through mid-July 2011.

Work on the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project is scheduled for completion this summer.  It includes removing the current structures and new bridge construction, road reconstruction, asphalt paving, erosion control, seeding, mulching, signing and striping.

The $2.9 million project is funded through the Statewide Bridge Enterprise, a government-owned business entity within CDOT, .  Created as part of the FASTER (Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery) legislation, its goal is to finance, repair, reconstruct or replace any bridge designated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and rated “poor” by CDOT.  Additional information is available at:

Updated information regarding traffic impacts on this or other CDOT projects is available at or by calling 511.  To receive project updates via e-mail, visit and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.  The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including Southeast Colorado.