Daytime full closures of each direction of I-25 at Exit 11 will be in place on May 17 and May 18

Travel Advisory

May 16, 2022 - Southeastern Colorado - CDOT will close one direction of I-25 at a time while crews perform safety critical bridge work

Las Animas County — The Colorado Department of Transportation will implement consecutive partial day full closures of each direction of Interstate 25 at Exit 11, south of Trinidad May 17 and May 18. Northbound I-25 will close from approximately 8 a.m. to noon followed by a full closure of southbound I-25 from approximately 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. These closures are necessary during safety critical work on the new bridge structure. Diagram

I-25 Exit 11 partial full-day closure location map

All impacted through traffic will be detoured off northbound and southbound I-25 at the off-ramps to Exit 11 (see map) to bypass the closures. Uniformed law enforcement officers, flaggers and signage will be present to alert motorists to the closures and to direct traffic from the Exit 11 off-ramps to the Exit 11 on-ramps to re-enter I-25

Traffic Impacts

During the closures of I-25 at Exit 11, the following impacts can be expected:

  • Partial day full closures of northbound and southbound I-25 at Exit 11 will be in place on Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18.
  • Each direction of I-25 at Exit 11 will be fully closed for approximately four hours each day.
  • Northbound I-25 will be closed in the morning, followed by southbound I-25 in the afternoon.
  • Only one direction of I-25 at Exit 11 will be closed at a time.
  • If all work is completed on Tuesday, Wednesday’s closures will be
  • During the full closures, mainline I-25 traffic will be detoured onto the Exit 11 off ramps and back onto I-25 via the on ramps
    In the event of inclement weather, the work and closures will be rescheduled
  • Minimal impacts to distance and short delays can be expected
    Exit 11 is located on I-25 at Mile Point 11, or 11 miles from the New Mexico/Colorado border
  • Motorists should follow the signs and posted speed limits and exercise caution as the ramps are also under temporary detour configuration
    All construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change

Work Underway

CDOT and contractor Flatiron Construction are building a new bridge approximately 100 feet south of the existing structure and constructing the west roundabout. Other work underway includes ramp reconstruction and roadway flatwork.

The new bridge is part of the I-25 Exit 11 Interchange Improvement project that began in mid-July 2021. The project is designed to improve infrastructure, upgrade facilities, add safety features, and improve access to Fishers Peak and area destinations. Work includes replacing the bridge, building ramp crossovers, constructing new roundabouts at the east and west sides of the interchange to improve traffic flow, adding pedestrian facilities, and improving access to the Port of Entry. Work is being performed in four phases with an expected completion date of late December 2022.

Project Information

For additional information about this project, contact the project team.

Know Before You Go

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:

Remember: Slow For The Cone Zone

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!

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