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CDOT Uses RAMP Funding for Third Phase of Bridge Preventative Maintenance Project in SW Region

October 8, 2015 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - CHAFEE, SAGUACHE & GUNNISON COUNTIES – The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun the third phase of preventative bridge maintenance work on five structures in Region 5, southwest/south central Colorado.

This phase, which got underway in late September, has an estimated cost of $1.48 million and is funded through CDOT’s RAMP* program. This two-season project will be completed in May 2016, following a winter suspension of work.

The project, contracted to TLM Constructors, is providing proactive maintenance of these bridges to extend their life and, consequently, the need for costlier reconstruction or replacement. The work will include deck repairs on the five bridges, installation of waterproofing membrane, replacement of expansion joints (steel devices installed horizontally that allow the bridge to expand and contract), resurfacing and re-striping. The bridges are located on: US 24 at Mile Points (MP) 214-215 east of Johnson Village over Big Sandy Creek; Colorado Highway 291, MP 2-3 and MP 7.5-8.5, both north of Salida; CO 114, MP 17-18, southeast of Gunnison; and US 50, MP 190-191, east of Sargents (west base of Monarch Pass).

The average daily traffic (ADT) across these structures is as follows: US 24, between 3,800 and 6,100 ADT; CO 291, 3,600 at MP 2-3 and 3,000 at MP 7.5-8.5; CO 114, 280; and US 50, 2,600.

TRAVEL IMPACTS:  Normal working hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The speed limit will be reduced during working hours. This season (September 28 through November 6, 2015) weather permitting, work will be done on the following structures:  CO 114 over Cochetopa Creek, US 50 over Agate Creek  and US 24 over Big Sandy Creek. Work will resume next spring on April 4, 2016, at the SH 291 locations over the Arkansas River. All work will be completed by May 18, 2016

PROJECT INFORMATION:  For updates to this project, the public may call (888) 759-6197, option 6. To sign up for “CDOT Alerts” on travel impacts in your chosen area, visit CDOT’s website at www.codot.gov and choose the envelope icon at the bottom of the page. Or, to see CDOT’s lane closure reports for projects statewide, visit www.codot.gov/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html. A brief on all regional projects--titled “Traffic Watchers”--in CDOT’s Region 5 (SW Colorado) is posted here:  https://www.codot.gov/programs-projects/projects. Major CDOT project updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” us on Facebook. Also, you can download the free CDOT Mobile for information regarding the I-70 and I-25 corridors by texting “CDOT” to 25827 or search CDOT Mobile in your App Store.

*This bridge project will receive funding from RAMP, Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships. RAMP is better coordinating project expenditures and available funding. Under the RAMP program, CDOT is funding multi-year projects based on year of expenditure, rather than saving for the full amount of a project before construction begins. For more information, including a list of RAMP project requests, please see our website:  http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/RAMP.

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