US 6 Eagle River Bridge Replacement Project Nearing Completion

March 28, 2012 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is nearing the completion of its work on the new Eagle River Bridge on US 6, located one mile east of the roundabout at Eby Creek Road in Eagle.

Weather permitting, the project is expected to finish on schedule by June of this year.

At the present time, crews are installing retaining walls, removing asphalt from the existing roadway, and preparing the new bridge for final paving, which is scheduled for late April. Once the final paving has occurred, the guardrail for the bridge will be installed. Motorists can continue to expect slow traffic in the area between the work hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The project was contracted to Colorado-based CEI for $ 2.9 million. The existing bridge, which was built in 1933, was rated in poor condition and had outlived its useful lifespan. The new bridge features wider lanes including a third lane to better accommodate turns into and out of Nogal Road, which intersects US 6 north of the bridge location. The extended turn lanes at Nogal Road address current standards and improve safety. 

Replacement of the US 6 Eagle River Bridge was funded through the Colorado Bridge Enterprise, a government-owned business entity within CDOT. The Colorado General assembly created the statewide Bridge Enterprise via Senate Bill 09-108, also known as FASTER (Funding Advancements for Surface Treatment and Economic Recovery The purpose of the Bridge Enterprise is to complete designated bridge projects that involve the financing, repair, reconstruction and replacement of bridges designated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and rated “poor” by CDOT.

On October 4, 2011 the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officially launched a new website to track the status of Colorado’s poor bridges as they are being planned, designed and constructed through the Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE). Visit

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