Lengthy Stops required for Bridge Project, Five miles East of Florence

March 27, 2013 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - FREMONT COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be setting concrete deck panels on the new Arkansas River/Union Pacific Railroad Bridge in Portland next week, requiring 30 minute traffic stops.

Drivers can expect these stops on State Highway 120 throughout the day – from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 2 through April 4.

At all other times, a signal is alternating eastbound and westbound traffic across the bridge in two minute intervals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The $3.8 million project is scheduled for completion in July 2013.

CDOT is replacing the poor, functionally obsolete, one-lane, 86-year-old bridge with a two-lane structure that includes shoulders and wider bridge approaches.  Reconstructing bridges on the state highway system allows CDOT to provide safer and more efficient travel for drivers.

Traffic information about this or other CDOT projects is on the cotrip.org website, by calling 511 or via subscription e-mail.  To subscribe, please visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.  The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, includingSoutheast Colorado.