All four lanes of Interstate 25 reopen to traffic at the 29th Street Bridge tomorrow morning.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is finishing work on the bridge today and will be removing concrete barrier and restriping the roadway overnight, allowing the highway to fully reopen by 6 a.m. Friday.
I-25 was reduced onto to one bridge and one lane in each direction on July 8 to allow extensive repairs to take place on the bridge. Work involved removing four inches of concrete from the top of the entire deck, then resurfacing it with new concrete, and paving the road surface with asphalt.
Single lane closures will be in place from 6 p.m. tomorrow until 7 a.m. Saturday for detour removal.
“We know the closure was inconvenient but it provided the necessary safety for both drivers and the construction workers,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Joe DeHeart. “By closing one bridge at a time and reducing the highway to one lane in each direction, it allowed us to cut the project schedule down to less than one month. If we hadn’t done that, it would have taken us a few weeks longer to complete.”
The next project phase begins next week when CDOT installs guardrail and paves one mile of I-25 between the north and south U.S. 50 interchanges. Drivers can expect single lane closures on northbound or southbound I-25 on Monday, August 5, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the guardrail work and then Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. for paving. Ramp paving is expected to take place during the same hours on Friday, August 9, at the 29th Street and south U.S. 50 interchanges.
This project is part of the same contract widening U.S. 50 between Wills Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue. Work on that segment is scheduled for completion in September.
The $5.9 million project is contracted to Kirkland Construction Company of Rye, Colo.
Traffic information about this or other CDOT projects is on the cotrip.org website, by calling 511 or via subscription e-mail. To subscribe, please 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 (Everything East of I-25 and South of I-70).