Road Closure Set for CO 71

Jan. 31, 2019 -

OTERO COUNTY — Beginning on Monday, February 4, CO71 near Rocky Ford will be closed until late October 2019.

The road closure will be between mile markers 18.75 and 19.5.  Motorists will be directed to a detour route that utilizes a combination of highways including US50, CO207 and CO96. Please see map below for details.

Access to local businesses on CO71 will be maintained. The closure is needed for the bridge replacement over the Arkansas River between Rocky Ford and Ordway.

“This project is part of CDOT’s ongoing efforts to improve bridge safety throughout the state,” says Dan Dahlke, CDOT Resident Engineer.

The bridge being replaced was erected in 1934, and is considered structurally weak.

Work will include installation of construction access, grading, removal of existing structure, installation of new structure, earthwork, construction signing, striping and guardrail installation.

The new bridge, funded with state of Colorado FASTER Bridge Funding, will have 12-foot lanes and 8-foot shoulders.

If you have questions or comments about the CO71 Bridge Replacement Over Arkansas River project, email the Public Information team at [email protected], or call the project hotline at 719-299-2007. Information about the project can also be found at Updates will also be available via Twitter @coloradodot and on Facebook at