4th Street Bridge Project: Finished!

July 1, 2011 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - All lanes now open around the clock on Colorado’s longest highway bridge span.

PUEBLO — The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) 4th Street Bridge Project is completed as of today, significantly improving the movement of traffic on State Highway 96 between Interstate 25, downtown and west Pueblo.

All lane closures have been removed, allowing traffic to flow unimpeded through the area.  Street light repairs, pedestrian safety enhancements and landscape maintenance may require occasional, short-term lane closures in the future.

The new 4th Street Bridge – which crosses the Arkansas River, a floodway, the Pueblo railroad yard and a city street – consists of two, 1200-foot long overpasses with four, 12-foot travel lanes.  Other improvements include six-foot inside shoulders, 10-foot outside shoulders and 10-foot sidewalks.  The structure’s load carrying capacity also has been increased, drainage and safety clearances for railroad operations have been improved and the area’s aesthetics have been enhanced.

Work began on the $27.7 million project in December 2007.  The new bridge replaces a 52-year-old structure that was functionally obsolete and deficient.

The bridge was designed by FIGG Engineering of Denver and constructed by Flatiron Constructors Inc. of Longmont, CO.