Dry Creek Bridge Repairs on US 287 Complete

June 1, 2012 - PROJECT UPDATE - Project finished on time, budget.

LARIMER COUNTY — Work by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) on the Dry Creek Bridge on US 287 north of Fort Collins is now finished, both on time and on budget. The project began last fall and involved the demolition and replacement of the old bridge to bring it up to safety standards, as well as the addition of culverts near the new bridge to help lower the flood plain.

“We are very happy with how the project turned out,” said Program Engineer Corey Stewart. “Not only will the new bridge increase the safety of the highway, but we also have been able to alleviate some flooding danger for several residents along the highway by adding the new culverts.”

CDOT has been purchasing right-of-way near the Dry Creek Bridge as part of a future effort to widen the US 287 roadway to four lanes, and also to add a center turn lane, bike lanes, and sidewalks. The cost estimate for the future widening project is approximately $15 million, but until funding is secured, there is no timeline in place.

The $1.8 million Dry Creek bridge replacement project was contracted to Mountain Constructors and was funded by the Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE), formed in 2009 as part of the FASTER (Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery) legislation. The purpose of the CBE is to finance, repair, reconstruct and replace structurally deficient bridges. Visit CDOT’s CBE website at http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/BridgeEnterprise.

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