Structure upgrades to take place on US Highway 385 near CO 96

Project Update

April 1, 2024 - Southeastern Colorado - Motorists can expect lane and shoulder closures as well as speed reductions in the work zone

Prowers County — The Colorado Department of Transportation and its contract partner Tricon 2, will begin work on US Highway 385 near the CO Highway 96 intersection. Work began March 27. The project consists of running elliptical pipe under an aging bridge structure. The project is expected to be completed by May 2024.

The work being done will extend the life of the bridge and significantly improve the safety and functionality of the highway.

Traffic Impacts

Beginning March 27, motorists will encounter work on US 385 near CO 96. Traffic impacts include:

  • Working times will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Within the work zone there will be alternating single lane traffic with a temporary traffic signal as well as shoulder closures.
  • Various other lane and shoulder closures will take place within the work zone with speeds reduced to 40 mph.
  • Traffic fines will be doubled in the work zone.
  • Motorists should slow down as they approach the work zone, drive with caution, allow extra space between vehicles and give themselves extra travel time.

Map of Prowers County identifying work zone at US 385 near CO 86Map of Prowers County identifying work zone at the intersection of US 385 near CO 86

Project Information

For additional information about this project:

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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