I-70 Bridge Replacement in Dotsero
The Dotsero “green” bridge replacement project is now underway on the I-70 frontage road over the Colorado River in Dotsero. The existing structure, built in 1935, needs replacement because it is no longer meets design standards and has become functionally and structurally obsolete. Many of Colorado's bridges are in disrepair (123 bridges across the state), many of which you use every day. Through the early phases of construction, the impact to motorists will be minimal, as crews will be constructing the new bridge south of the existing one and north of I-70.
Edward Kraemer and Sons, Inc. is the contractor for this $6.2 million project that is funded through the Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE).
The project is currently underway with completion scheduled in October 2013.
The $6.2 million project is being funded through the Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE), which was formed in 2009 as part of the FASTER (Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery) legislation. The purpose of the CBE is to finance, repair, reconstruct and replace bridges designated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and rated in poor condition. Additional transportation funding will allow us to maintain and improve the safety of our bridges.
Although crews are currently working on the project, there are no travel impacts until spring 2013 when traffic is switched over to the new bridge. Until then, crews will be working Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with some Saturday work possible. For information about lane closures, visit www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html.
Want to "adopt" the existing bridge? It's free to a good home!
Any person or organization willing to relocate the bridge is encouraged to “adopt” it. The bridge is historically significant for its contribution to transportation on US Highway 6 across western Colorado and because it is an excellent example of a standard Colorado State Highway Department truss design.
The bridge may be a good candidate for re-use as a pedestrian or recreational trail bridge. A new deck and abutments would need to be constructed for the bridge in its new location, as the current ones are outdated.
For those who are interested, the bridge is free to a good home, but the recipient will need to pay for the disassembly, relocation, and re-assembly of the bridge. For more information, email or call us.
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