A Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project upgrading numerous bridges on Interstate 25 and U.S. 24 is underway.
Work hours are 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Single and double lane closures, traffic slowing, and a 45 mph speed limit should be expected.
The improvements consist of removing and replacing the expansion joints on these structures, in the following order:
· Southbound I-25 Over Pine Creek (north of Woodmen Road)
· Southbound I-25 Over Cottonwood Creek (south of Woodmen Road)
· Southbound I-25 Over Fontanero Street
· Southbound I-25 Over Uintah Street
· Northbound I-25 Over Uintah Street
· Northbound I-25 Over Fontanero Street
The project moves to U.S. 24 when work is completed on I-25. Both eastbound and westbound structures will be upgraded, with the sequence to be determined at a later date:
· U.S. 24 over Union Pacific Railroad
· U.S. 24 over Hancock Expressway
· U.S. 24 over Union Boulevard
· U.S. 24 over Circle Drive
· U.S. 24 over Fountain Creek
“Since expansion joints allow the bridges to expand and contract, and avoid structural damage, it’s vital that the joints are replaced periodically to extend the life of all these structures,” said CDOT Project Engineer Shane Ferguson. “Due to the amount of traffic that travels both highways, it’s an excellent way to keep our bridges in good shape and functioning.”
The project is scheduled for completion in September 2013.
ABCO Contracting Inc. of Denver, CO is the contractor for the $1.8 million project. Additional information is available by calling (719) 233-3699.
Updated information regarding traffic impacts on this or other CDOT projects is available at www.cotrip.org or by calling 511. To receive project updates via e-mail, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner. The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including Southeast Colorado. In addition, CDOT has Updates also are available via Twitter @coloradodot and on CDOT’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coloradodot.
CDOT also has launched a new smartphone application to provide drivers with easier access to I-25 traveler information. It includes travel speeds and times, road conditions, incidents, road work; and feeds from CDOT’s closed-circuit television cameras and alerts. Text CDOT to 25827 or download CDOT Mobile from your App store.