The road is expected to be closed until mid-March.

County Road 21 will be closed from Monday until mid-March, according to Otero County Public Works Director Lex Nichols.

The road is a common access point for the CSU Extension Office as well as private feedlots outside Rocky Ford.

Nichols said at the Monday Board of County Commissioners meeting that the road will be closed for a bridge replacement project. CR 21 is scheduled to be closed from DD south to CC.

"Generally they are around 45 days," Nichols said of the small bridge project, "but it'll probably be closer to two months because we have to pour all new back walls."

Nichols said the Department of Transportation is expected to place lighted signs along Highway 50 to alert commuters to the upcoming closure.

The bridge project has to be completed by March 15, Nichols said, because that is when the ditch the bridge passes over starts receiving water.

CR 21 is scheduled to be closed from DD south to CC.

"Any trucks coming, if they're coming north on 21, they can get to CC and go east to Swink, or they can go west to 71," said Nichols. "If they're coming from Highway 50, they can go south to DD or go west to United Feeders or 71, or they can take the dirt road over to 22.

"The feedlots know that their trucks will be redirected and everything."

Commissioner John Hostetler asked Nichols how other county bridge projects were coming along. The county has over 100 bridges that it repairs on a staggered basis, as Nichols has described at other board of commissioners meetings.

"Got em submitted, the images," said Nichols. "We have a few scour repairs, but they're color rated. If it's orange you must repair in 30 days. If it's yellow, recommended 90 days. If it's green, a year, as budget allows. Most of those repairs were on a year cycle. If we don't have time to do them we'll maybe try to get to them in the fall after the ditch goes back out."

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