CDOT to begin final phase of El Paso County bridge maintenance project on US 24 over 31st Street

Travel Advisory

September 21, 2022 - Southeastern Colorado - This is the final phase of a larger bridge maintenance project occurring at three locations in El Paso County

El Paso County - The Colorado Department of Transportation in collaboration with prime contractor Myers and Sons Construction, will begin preventative bridge maintenance on US 24 over 31st Street on Sunday, Sept. 25. This is the final phase of a larger bridge maintenance project occurring at three locations in El Paso County.

The first two phases of the project focused on the I-25 bridge over South Tejon Street and South Nevada Avenue and the CO 16 railroad bridge over US 85. The project, which began in June, is expected to wrap up in all three locations at the end of September. Work at the US 24 location will primarily consist of bridge deck repairs, curb and gutter repairs, and asphalt overlays. Maintenance will be done in both north and southbound lanes for the duration of this phase. This project will improve and prolong the life of the road surface, offering a higher quality driving experience for travelers. Maintaining the structural integrity of highway bridges is crucial to uphold the safety of all motorists.

Traffic Impacts

General working hours for this section will be from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday night to Friday morning. The exemption to these working hours will be a one-week full bridge closure where crews will be working both daytime and nighttime hours starting on September 19. Traffic will be detoured from US 24 to 21st Street onto Colorado Avenue toward 31st Street. Motorists will follow the reverse of this path if traveling from 31st Street to US 24. Outside of this one-week full closure, there will be possible intermittent single lane closures in both directions until mid-October.

Project Information

For additional information about this project:

US 24 over 31st Street bridge work zone in El Paso County

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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