Signal Activated on Highway 96 FASTER Bridge Project

January 14, 2011 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - CROWLEY/KIOWA COUNTIES – Detour construction is complete and traffic signals are being activated at two bridge construction sites between Ordway and Eads on State Highway 96.

Beginning today, signals are alternating eastbound and westbound traffic at Black Draw (mile 114.5), four miles east of Sugar City.  On Tuesday, January 18, traffic signals will be activated at a draw, nine miles west of Arlington (mile 121.1).

Both signals will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Sensors will monitor traffic and activate the signals at both locations, minimizing wait times for stopped vehicles.

When construction is completed at both sites, work will begin to replace two other bridges – at a draw seven miles west of Arlington (mile 123.2), and at a draw, two miles west of Haswell (mile 141.9).  Signalized detours also will alternate traffic at these locations.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project involves removing the current bridges and new bridge construction, road reconstruction, asphalt paving, erosion control, seeding, mulching, signing and striping.

Structures, Inc., of Englewood, Colo. is the prime contractor.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in early summer 2011.

FASTER – Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery – is fully funding the $2.9 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:

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