US 34 Wray Bridge Replacement Moving Forward

October 1, 2012 - CONSTRUCTION PROJECT UPDATE - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Project on schedule for December 2012 completion.

YUMA COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is moving forward on the  bridge replacement project on US 34 east of Wray near mile marker (MM) 254. The former timber bridge over the North Fork of the Republican River is both functionally obsolete and structurally deficient, requiring replacement.

So far, crews have set girders for the new bridge, and have poured the new bridge deck. There will be a two- to four-day closure on US 34 beginning Tuesday, October 30 at 7 p.m., at which time the existing structure will be demolished and the new one slid into its place. Local detours will be necessary for motorists, as the closure will be in place 24 hours a day. Motorists who must or prefer to use highway 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. A detour map is available at

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 typically take place Mondays through Thursdays from roughly 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but during the closure of US 34 beginning October 30, work will take place 24 hours a day (including Saturday and Sunday) until the work is completed in order to minimize the impact to the traveling public. Motorists are reminded to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone throughout the work zone.

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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