TRAVEL ADVISORY: CO 184 Road Closure to begin Sunday

October 27, 2016 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - MONTEZUMA COUNTY – A full road closure will begin this Sunday, October 30 on Colorado Highway 184 approximately one mile east from the U.S. Highway 491 junction.

The closure is expected to last for about a week through Sunday, November 6.  The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor Structures, Inc. will be working around the clock, 24/7, to remove an old bridge structure and set a new concrete box culvert.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS: During this one week closure, local residents within the work zone will always have access to their property, but through traffic on CO 184 should consider an alternate route south through Cortez. Traffic heading east on CO 184 from U.S. 491 can detour south to U.S. Highway 160 in Cortez and head north on CO Highway 145 towards Dolores. All through traffic heading west on CO 184 from CO 145 can detour south to U.S. 160 in Cortez and head north on U.S. 491 towards Lewis. (see map below)

Additionally, area residents are advised that during working hours and during the full road closure heavy equipment will be used with possible noise.

Once the one week full road closure is completed, motorists can expect brief delays with one-lane alternating traffic during working hours with both lanes open at night.  

PROJECT BACKGROUND: Construction on the Narraguinnep canal bridge started October 17 to remove the existing narrow and deteriorating timber structure and replace it with a concrete box culvert. Crews will also install new guardrail, and add a new approach to the structure. The project has an anticipated completion date at the end of November 2016.

To take advantage of the road closure CDOT maintenance crews will also be replacing an additional culvert at a separate location, MP 0.3 (approximately 1/5 of a mile east of US 491).  The maintenance operation is expected to last three days.  

PROJECT INFORMATION: To be added to the project update list email [email protected].  For information about other CDOT projects the public may log on to CDOT'S traveler information website at, or call 511 from anywhere in the state.  Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!