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Flooding closes Colorado Highway 184 north of Cortez

Rapid snowmelt and rain caused flooding and the closure of Colorado Highway 184 near its intersection with U.S. Highway 491. Local traffic is allowed through via a detour on Roads 22 and U. Culvert repair is underway, and there is no estimated time for reopening the highway, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)
Local traffic allowed through; no access to U.S. 491, no estimated time to reopen

Colorado Highway 184 remained closed Thursday morning closed because of flooding, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The highway is closed from the U.S. Highway 491 junction south of Lewis to the Colorado Highway 145 junction near Dolores. There was no estimated time for reopening the highway.

Local traffic was being allowed through, but there was no access to U.S. Highway 491 from Colorado Highway 184 because of the flooding. Commercial trucks are not allowed, and must find alternative routes.

Colorado Highway 184 is closed between Colorado Highway 145 and U.S. Highway 491 except for local traffic.
A small lake formed from snowmelt and rain around a section of Colorado Highway 184 and flooding caused its closure this week. The water is being drained so a culvert can be replaced. (Jim Mimiaga/The Journal)

A failed culvert under the roadway east of U.S. Highway 491 backed up 5 acres of water Wednesday, said Vicky Shaffer, Montezuma County public information officer.

CDOT crews are onsite working to replace the culvert, Shaffer said, and county crews were on standby if assistance is needed.

“It could be several days before the problem is fixed,” Shaffer said. “They are having to dig it all up to get it replaced.”

In a Facebook post CDOT stated, “This is a long-term closure, no estimated time for opening.”

Detours for local traffic are available via Road 22.

The flooding was reported Tuesday afternoon less than a quarter mile east of the U.S. 491 junction, and the road was reported closed by CDOT about 5 p.m.

Heavy rain and rapid snowmelt overwhelmed the culvert and contributed to the back up and flooding. Snow and rain is expected to continue in the area Thursday, with mostly sunny skies forecast for Friday.

For updates visit COtrip, Montezuma County Facebook page.