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REVISED DATE - Huerfano County Road 103 closed to traffic on May 15

May 10, 2019 - Southeastern Colorado - The road closure is necessary as CDOT performs the new southbound bridge deck pour

Huerfano, CO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor, TLM Constructors of Swink and Greeley, will be performing a deck closure pour for the new southbound bridge at I-25 and Butte Creek on May 15, 2019. This will necessitate the closure of CR 103 for 24 hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and recommend residents and businesses use either of these alternate routes:

  • To access westbound CR 103 from northbound I-25, take Exit 60, head south on I-25, and take Exit 59.

  • To access eastbound CR 103 from southbound I-25, take Exit 56, head north on I-25 to Exit 59.

CR 103 will reopen as a single, traffic-controlled lane on May 3.

GENERAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The south and northbound bridges at I-25 and Butte Creek are being replaced. The southbound bridge was demolished in early January 2019. The construction of a replacement bridge is underway. This project was given top tier priority by CDOT and the Bridge Enterprise Program which earmarks funding for bridges and structures in need of repair or replacement.

The new bridges and roadway improvements are necessary to meet current FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) bridge structure, load and safety guidelines. Built in 1958 of prestressed concrete, CDOT and TLM Constructors will demolish and reconstruct the bridges with new reinforced concrete and steel to maximize longevity and structural integrity, and support increased traffic demands along the I-25 corridor, as well as enhance the safety of the traveling public into the future.

Southbound I-25 traffic from MP 58.8 to MP 59.01 before Exit 59, just north of Walsenburg, is being detoured across median pavement onto the left northbound lane of I-25. Northbound I-25 traffic has been reduced to a single (right) lane.

PROJECT LOCATION

MP 58 to MP 59, I-25 and Butte Creek, Exit 59, just north of Walsenburg in Huerfano County.

TRAVEL IMPACTS

The following detours and travel impacts will be in place during this temporary road closure:

  • Huerfano County Road 103 will be closed on Friday, May 10. Alternate routes are advised.

  • Southbound I-25 traffic is being routed onto the detour pavement from MP 58 to MP 59 just before Exit 59 through April 2019.

  • Width restrictions of 12 feet are strictly imposed on the I-25 detour and work zone, and on CR 103.

  • Northbound I-25 traffic has been reduced to one lane (right lane).

  • CR 103 will reopen as a one-lane, signal controlled road on Mar. 30.

  • Detours, access to CR 103, lane closures, and other traffic notices will be posted a week in advance on COTrip.org.

  • The public may call the project hotline at 719.243.9195 at any time for information on the project, or to report access issues.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

The project kicked off on Thursday, Nov. 1 and is expected to last until Nov. 15, 2019. Phase I (detours/demolition and replacement of the southbound bridge) began on Dec. 27, 2018 and will run through May 2019. Phase II (demolition and replacement of the northbound bridge) will begin in June 2019.

The construction schedule is as follows:

  • Working hours are Mon. to Fri. 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

PROJECT INFORMATION

Get direct email announcements and updates by signing up at [email protected]. For additional information about this project, call the local project information line at 719.243.9195, or visit the project website at https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-25-butte-creek-bridge-replacement. For information on travel conditions, detours or lane closures, please visit COTrip.org, or call 511. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/coloradodot.

Whole System. Whole Safety  

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving safety conditions for those traveling by all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission - to get everyone home safely.

Remember to Slow for the Cone Zone

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

·        Do not speed in work zones; obey the posted speed limits.

·        Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.

·        Watch for workers; drive with caution.

·        Don't change lanes unnecessarily.

·        Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.

·        Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.

·        Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.

·        Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

·        Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.

·        Anticipate lane shifts, and merge when directed to do so.

·        Be Patient!


ABOUT CDOT

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.  

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