Road Construction Continues Around The Valley

There’s quite a bit of road construction going on around the Arkansa River Valley. Here’s a rundown of what to expect.


Holman Avenue in Salida is expected to have temporary closures today and tomorrow.

The City of Salida is performing asphalt maintenance this week on Holman Avenue, Airport Road, New Street, Scott Street, Chilcott Street, Wood Avenue and 5th Street.

Other closures will be intermittent. The project is expected to be completed by September 11th.

Monarch Pass

Travelers can expect delays today and tomorrow on Highway 50 over Monarch Pass.

Periodic closures will take place for rock scaling and helicopter operations to drop in materials for a new avalanche control system.

Motorist traveling both eastbound and westbound should expect 20 minute delays.

Highway 285

Highway 285 remains closed between Antero Junction and Fairplay today. The detour is to take U.S. 24 at Antero Junction to Highway 9 to Fairplay.

The closure will be in place every Monday through Thursday through August.

Cottonwood Pass

Cottonwood Pass will be open Monday. The pass is open to the summit on the Chaffee County side. Gunnison County will open the west side of the pass on Monday at 9 am.

Construction and paving operations continue so there will be restrictions. No trailers of any kind will be allowed. No vehicles over 36’ in length or wider that 8’6”. All side roads off Cottonwood Pass and parking areas are still closed. Expect 30 minute delays.

Highway 50 Through Howard

The Colorado Department of Transportation continues construction on Highway 50 through Howard.

The project includes the installation of slow-vehicle turnouts and passing lanes in both directions.

Speeds are reduced to 40 mph through the work zone and a 10 feet width limit is in place.

Work on the $4 million improvement project will continue through October.

Dan R

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