US 34 bridge replacement project to resume work May 4

News Release

April 24, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado

GRAND COUNTY, COLORADO — The Colorado Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Structures, Inc., will resume construction on the bridge replacement project on US 34 South of Grand Lake at mile post (MP) 12.1. Construction will begin on Monday, May 4.

Travelers will be diverted to a temporary bridge so the flow of traffic can continue, and allow work to resume on the new mainline bridge. There will be intermittent lane closures and flagging operations daily beginning May 4th. 

The US 34 Bridge Replacement project began in April 2019, with crews constructing a temporary bridge for traffic and working to install the new bridge. Structures will continue to work on the bridge replacement, then move to asphalt paving, and detour removal and restoration. The project is expected to be completed by the end of July 2020. 


Work will take place Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Traffic will be routed onto the temporary two-lane bridge with some single lane traffic control. Speeds will be reduced in the construction zone to 25 mph during the project. Traffic fines will be doubled in the work zone. Motorists should slow down as they approach the bridge work zones, drive with caution and give themselves extra travel time. 


For additional information about this project: 

Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, road maintenance and construction continues on CDOT projects with social distancing and other health safety measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. The public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO by practicing social distancing, wearing face masks, staying at home when possible, and avoiding nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the roads, CDOT crews will be able to work more efficiently and safely. 


Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:


In early 2019, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness. This initiative 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 the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.