US 34 Wray Bridge Replacement to Begin Monday

July 6, 2012 - UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION PROJECT - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Project expected finish in December 2012.

YUMA COUNTY — Beginning Monday, July 9, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin a bridge replacement project on US 34 east of Wray near mile marker (MM) 254. The existing timber bridge over the North Fork of the Republican River is both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. It will be removed and replaced with a longer structure supported by a concrete box girder bridge. All work is expected to finish in December 2012.

Motorists should plan for minor delays on both directions of the highway during normal work days, and are urged to allow for extra travel time. Work will take place Mondays through Thursdays from roughly 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists are reminded to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone throughout the work zone.

Once construction is well underway in September or October, US 34 will be closed for two to four days to allow certain elements of construction and major detours will be in place into St. Francis, Kansas and Haigler, Nebraska via US 34, US 36, US 385 and Nebraska/Kansas State Highway 27. Motorists can also use local county roads as a shorter detour route. To receive updates about this project, including detour information as it becomes available, visit and sign up for our free email alerts.

Lawrence Construction is the contractor for the $2.5 million replacement project funded through the Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE), a government-owned entity within CDOT. The purpose of the CBE is to complete repair, reconstruct, or replace bridges that are in poor condition. To learn more about the CBE, visit

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