Three-month closure starts Aug. 2 for U.S. 285 bridge replacement project

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A caller $2.6 cardinal span replacement task connected U.S. 285 began successful aboriginal July and a three-month afloat closure of the road starts Aug. 2.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said crews volition regenerate a span and its railings, rebuild the attack to the bridge, and regenerate the guardrail. The task besides includes wetland mitigation and a watercourse diversion. The enactment has aggregate locations successful Park County, including U.S. 285 astatine milepoint 172.2 to 173.5, State Highway 9 astatine milepoint 63, and U.S. 24 astatine milepoint 47.5.

CDOT said the span implicit the South Fork South Platte River, which is betwixt Antero Junction and Fairplay, has had to adjacent periodically owed to dense rainfall and precocious water. Some of the woody piles are besides exhibiting “serious rot and decay astatine the waterline,” CDOT said.

Michelle Peulen, CDOT’s communications manager for the southeast region, said this doesn’t mean the span is going to collapse, but alternatively it’s 1 CDOT volition show intimately starring up to its replacement.

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