Highway 8 Project Set to Start in Morrison Area

July 27, 2011 - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Work requires ramp closures at U.S. 285. JEFFERSON COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins road and bridge improvements on State Highway 8 next week, just south of Morrison.

Work consists of rotomilling and paving two miles of SH 8, beginning at the south end of Morrison (Bear Creek Bridge) and continuing south to the U.S. 285 junction.   It also includes rehabilitating and waterproofing four bridge decks, new guardrails, concrete curb ramps, signing and striping.

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, August 1, the ramp bridge from southbound SH 8 to northbound U.S. 285 will be closed for repairs.  The ramp will remain closed until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 5.

DETOUR: U.S. 285 south to South Turkey Creek Road (Tiny Town), south to North Turkey Creek Road, and west to northbound U.S. 285.

Repairs take place on the ramp bridge from northbound U.S. 285 to northbound SH 8 during the following week, from 7 a.m. on Monday, August 8, to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12.

DETOUR: Continue north on U.S. 285 to C-470, northbound C-470 to U.S. 285 southbound, southbound U.S. 285 to SH 8.

On Monday, August 15, flaggers begin alternating northbound and southbound traffic for bridge work and paving on SH 8.  Work hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays.  Delays up to 10 minutes should be expected. Vehicles wider than 11 feet will not be allowed through the area during work hours.

Two bridges will be rehabilitated during the second half of August; paving operations begin after Labor Day and continue through September.

The $941,000 project, contracted to Aggregate Industries – WCR Inc. of Golden, CO., is scheduled for completion by Friday, September 30.

“New asphalt enhances the highway’s durability as well as provides the traveling public with a smoother road surface that’ll last at least 10 years,” says CDOT Resident Engineer Steve Harelson.  “Rehabilitating the bridges also extends the lifespan of those four structures a minimum of ten years.  And we’re coating the surface of the Bear Creek Bridge, extending its life by about 20 years.”

Traffic information about this or other CDOT projects is on the cotrip.org website or by calling 511.  To receive information via e-mail, please visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.  Please select Denver Metro Area for updates about this project.