US 160 Bridge Improvements at US 550 Junction, West Durango

May 17, 2012 - PROJECT UPDATE - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Roosa now open, final work suspended until after holiday.

LA PLATA COUNTY –  On Monday, March 26, work began to repair the four- lane bridge on US 160, just west of the US 550 junction (near the Double Tree Hotel).

The 45 year-old bridge, which lies between Roosa Avenue and Camino Del Rio (mile marker 83) is in need of routine maintenance, as previous work done on the structure was in 2007.

The project involves concrete bridge deck repairs and rehabilitation. Construction consists of fixing the bridge curb, patching the bridge deck to repair holes and uneven driving conditions and resurfacing the deck with two inches of new concrete.

G.A. Western Construction of Palisade is the contractor for this $479,285 project, which is now scheduled for completion on or before June 15, 2012 (while May 23 was the originally scheduled completion date, note that work has been suspended for two weeks, and will resume after the holiday weekend).

CURRENT TRAVEL IMPACTS: Access to and from Roosa Avenue at US 160 is now open. Additionally, traffic will return to two lanes in both east- and westbound directions.

JUNE 4-5 HEAVY TRAVEL IMPACTS: Crews will be applying a thin-bonded epoxy to protect the bridge deck on June 4 and 5. During these days, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (through rush hour due to the cure time necessary) traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction, and the right-turn acceleration lane to southbound US160/550 will need to be closed during work on the south side of the bridge. Traffic impacts will be very heavy these two days. More specific information will be sent next week so motorists can plan ahead. After the epoxy has been laid, motorists will encounter intermittent single-lane closures outside peak travel times for final work.

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