Detour in Place on US 40 Over Elk River West of Steamboat Springs

May 28, 2013 - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - Detour part of bridge replacement project.

ROUTT COUNTY — Beginning today, Tuesday, May 28, 2013, a detour will be in place for motorists traveling on US 40 over the East Fork of the Elk River approximately seven miles west of Steamboat Springs. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently completed the temporary detour bridge for motorists to use as part of a project that will replace the original bridge built in 1958 and now functionally obsolete.

The new replacement bridge will not only meet current CDOT standards, but will also include safety improvements such as increased shoulder widths, improved sight distance, more efficient roadway realignment, increased snow storage resources during winter, and improved hydraulics to help the bridge withstand future flooding. The two-lane temporary bridge will be required for travel until the permanent structure is finished.

Crews will be working on the project Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a reduced speed limit will be in place on the temporary bridge. Motorists should not be delayed more than 10 minutes, and are urged to drive Slow for the Cone Zone!

Duckles Construction is the contractor for this $3.1 million project, which is scheduled for completion in November 2013. The project is being funded using money from the Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE), which finances, repairs, reconstructs and replaces bridges designated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and rated in poor condition. This additional transportation funding is essential to maintaining and improving the safety of our bridges.

Questions and comments about the project are welcomed via the public information hotline, 970-846-2446, or by emailing [email protected]. Motorists can also use the hotline or email address to sign up for regular project updates. Additionally, more information about the project is available at

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