CDOT Rehabilitates I-70 Bridges West of Fruita

August 5, 2011 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - MESA COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun a project to rehabilitate eight I-70 bridges west of Fruita.

The bridges are located over two washes just west of the Fruita interchange, and over two sections of the Colorado River in an area locally known as Skipper’s Island.

The project contractor, Structure’s Inc., of Denver, is utilizing a hydro-demolition process to remove the top two inches of each structure’s deck concrete and remove additional “bad spots” where cracks and holes will require a deeper patch. The equipment, about the size of a passenger car, lays a hood over the work area and directs high-pressure jets at the concrete—the concrete is literally blasted away. The process was recently used on another CDOT project on Ward Road in the Denver Metro area.

The bridge decks will receive deep patches in the damaged spots, and two inches of new concrete. In addition to the rehabilitation of all bridge decks, other safety improvements on this project include replacement of existing guardrail, replacement of existing bridge rail and repair of the roadway approaches at all bridge structures. The total project cost is $3.6 million.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS: The work zone lies between mile markers 16 and 19, west of the Fruita interchange. Through the project’s completion in late November, a single lane of I-70 in each direction will remain closed, 24/7. The speed limit is reduced to 40 mph and there is a 12-foot width restriction in place. Traffic violation fines will be doubled through the work zone limits.

PROJECT CONTACT: If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please call the project public information hotline at 303-434-8188.  GET WIRELESS NOTIFICATIONS ON PROJECTS AND ROAD CONDITIONS: If you would like to receive e-mail and/or wireless notifications for this (and other) CDOT projects, please go to CDOT’s web site at and select the green phone icon in the upper right corner. Thank you for going Slow for the Cone Zone!