Woodland Park Bridge Project Starts Tonight

November 17, 2010 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - Detour Via Local Roads Required - WOODLAND PARK – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins replacing the Loy Gulch Bridge on State Highway (SH) 67, about 1 ½ miles north of U.S. 24 in Woodland Park, on Wednesday, November 17.

Work involves closing SH 67 between Apache Trail and Valley View Drive and rerouting through traffic via a ¼ mile detour while the 71-year-old bridge is removed and replaced with new box culverts.

Beginning Wednesday evening, all traffic will be detoured to Apache Trail, Piute Trail and Valley View Drive, 24 hours a day, for up to four days. (see map below).  Vehicles wider than 11 feet will be restricted from traveling the detour route but all large trucks are encouraged to use an alternate route while SH 67 is closed.

“By closing Highway 67, it allow the contractor to completely remove and replace the existing bridge, eliminating a long-term traffic impact by building the new structure in phases,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Dave Watt.  “And by minimizing the length of time the detour needs to be used, we’ll be able to open the highway up in a few days, reducing impacts to the community.”

Two other structures were recently replaced as part of the project – the Fountain Creek Bridge on U.S. 24 in Cascade, on October 4; and the Twin Creek Bridge on U.S. 24, about a mile east of Florissant, on October 10.

SEMA Construction, Inc., of Centennial, Colo. is the project’s prime contractor.

FASTER – Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery – is fully funding the $2 million project.  Financed by vehicle registration fees, FASTER established a Statewide Bridge Enterprise, funding the maintenance and repair of Colorado’s most urgent structurally-deficient and functionally-obsolete bridges.  Additional information is accessible at: www.coloradodot.info/projects/faster.

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.

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