CDOT crews to perform bridge repairs on CO 15 west of La Jara. Traffic controlled by portable light signals

Oct. 16, 2019

CONEJOS COUNTYThe Colorado Department of Transportation will perform repairs on a bridge structure   located on CO Highway 15 just west of La Jara. Crews are replacing three timber piles that support the bridge. Work will begin on Thursday, October 17 and will continue through next week, Friday, October 25.  


Work will be performed approximately ¾ of a mile west of the CO 15 and US 285 junction near La Jara (MP 30). Motorists will encounter one-lane, alternating traffic controlled by a portable traffic signal. Short delays may be expected. Drivers should slow down when approaching the work zone and watch for flaggers, work crews and heavy equipment.


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!


Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:


To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This initiative takes a systematic, statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.


CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated inter-regional express service. Governor Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s inter-modal mobility options.