Work Set to Start on Three Bridge Project near Granada

February 19, 2015 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - PROWERS COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins a multiple bridge replacement project on U.S. 50, east and west of Granada, on Monday, Feb. 23.

Three bridges are being replaced at the following locations:

  • Nine miles east of Lamar over a dry gulch (Carlton), built in 1937
  • About three miles east of Granada over Granada Creek, built in 1933
  • About 3 ½ miles east of Granada over the BNSF Railroad tracks, built in 1933

Drivers can expect occasional traffic stops at each location, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  During working hours, the speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph and vehicles wider than 12 feet will not be allowed through any of the work zones.

A temporary detour will be constructed around the Carlton site.  It is expected to open to traffic in late March.  A 45 mph will be in effect 24/7 at this location.

In addition to replacing the bridges and detour construction, the project includes improved embankments and erosion control, new guardrails, topsoil, signing and striping.

Work is scheduled for completion in spring 2016. This $10 million project is funded by the Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE), a government-owned business entity within CDOT.  The Colorado Legislature created the CBE to complete designated bridge projects that involve the financing, repair, reconstruction and replacement of bridges designated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and rated “poor” by CDOT.  More information is available at: htts://

Dondlinger Construction of Wichita, KS. is the project contractor.  Questions or additional information regarding the project is available by calling their hotline at 1-888-759-6197 or emailing: [email protected].