Traffic Switched onto SH 90 Temporary Bridge in Bedrock Today

December 19, 2014 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - No oversized/overweight vehicles allowed on temporary structure.

MONTROSE COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is switching all traffic onto the temporary bridge today on SH 90 in Bedrock.

The temporary structure, installed just north of the existing 1952 bridge over the Dolores River, will be under signal control, single-lane alternating traffic, with no oversized/overweight loads allowed. The bridge is 160-feet long with a 10-foot travel lane.

Design work for a permanent replacement bridge is underway, though no schedule is available at this time for design completion or bridge construction.

The existing 1952 steel through-truss bridge was damaged and repairs were completed in September; it is currently open to all vehicle traffic less than 36 tons gross weight. With the upcoming traffic switch onto the temporary bridge, CDOT plans to close the old bridge to avoid the possibility of overweight vehicles crossing it, and the possibility of further damage occurring.

CDOT Region 5 (southwest Colorado) had received approval from the State Transportation Commission for construction funding for the detour and temporary bridge installation. Oldcastle Construction was contracted $1.03 million for the work.

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