Ramp Closed Again Next Week

August 5, 2011 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 6 - Work part of Highway 8 Project in Morrison Area JEFFERSON COUNTY – The ramp bridge from southbound SH 8 to northbound U.S. 285 will reopen tomorrow morning and remain open through the weekend.

It was originally scheduled to open to traffic this afternoon but the new concrete on the structure needs additional time to cure properly.

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, August 8, the bridge will close again to complete repairs on the remaining half of the structure.  The ramp will remain closed until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12.

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.

“You don’t know how much work will be required until you open up the bridge deck and there was a lot more concrete that was falling apart, more than expected,”  says Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Resident Engineer Steve Harelson.  “We found quite a bit of corroded rebar [steel rods] as well so it’s going to take another week to complete the repairs.”

Repairs on the ramp bridge from northbound U.S. 285 to northbound SH 8 begin during the following week, from 7 a.m. on Monday, August 15, to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19.

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.

Work moves to the segment of SH 8 between the south end of Morrison (Bear Creek Bridge) and the U.S. 285 junction during the latter part of August.  Two small bridges will be rehabilitated and the highway paved, requiring flaggers to alternate northbound and southbound traffic between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 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.

The bridge work is scheduled first, with resurfacing beginning after Labor Day and continuing through the end of September.

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.