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Highway 67 Bridge Construction Begins

May 15, 2013 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - FREMONT COUNTY – New bridge construction is underway on State Highway 67 where rainstorms flooded a normally-dry channel and heavily damaged the old structure last summer between Florence and Wetmore.

In addition to building a new bridge, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project includes water channel stabilization, new bridge and guardrails, signing, fencing, seeding and erosion control.

A two-lane paved detour was constructed after the structure was damaged and remains in place to maintain traffic flow, parallel to the site, five miles north of Wetmore.  The speed limit is 25 mph and vehicles wider than 11 feet are restricted from traveling through the area.

Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“The new bridge will be a big improvement since the old one was over 60 years old and made of wood,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Dan Hunt.  “Our new bridge is made of steel and concrete and will be better able to resist flooding.  It’ll also enhance driver safety by providing a wider road surface and shoulder area.”

Lawrence Construction Co. of Littleton, CO is the contractor for the $1.1 million project, which is scheduled for completion in July.

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, includingSoutheast Colorado.