Water main break closes CO 291 in downtown Salida

August 16, 209 - Highway closed for most of today and again on Monday 

CHAFFEE COUNTY ― Colorado Highway 291 in downtown Salida is closed due to a city water main break. 

Salida city officials say crews are working to contain the water break by day’s end and are hoping to open the road for weekend traffic. 

The permanent repair will need to be performed on Monday, August 19. CO 291 will then be closed again on Monday to complete the repair work. 

During today’s closure and again on Monday, the traveling public and trucking community are urged to use the alternate route via US Highways 50 and 285 through Poncha Springs.

Travelers are encouraged to visit www.COtrip.org for updates or alerts about unexpected closures regarding this incident.  

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