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Huerfano County Road 103 will be closed during daytime hours on August 19

August 17, 2020 - Southeastern Colorado - The closure is necessary to stage equipment for the final concrete deck pour on the new northbound bridge

Huerfano County – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor TLM Constructors will be performing the final concrete deck pour for the new northbound bridge at Interstate 25, Exit 59 in Huerfano County on Wednesday, August 19. This will necessitate closing CR 103 under the bridges for approximately 12 hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Detour signage will be in place during the closure to safely direct traffic to two detour routes. This two-phase bridge replacement project is nearing completion and supports CDOT’s 40-year statewide multimodal plan to enhance the safety, mobility, and economic vitality of the state and their Whole System - Whole Safety initiative. 

Huerfano CR 103 closure location

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 

CDOT and contractor, TLM Constructors are replacing the northbound bridge at I-25, Exit 59 in Huerfano County to meet current FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) bridge structure, load and safety guidelines. Built in 1958 of prestressed concrete, the bridge is being reconstructed with reinforced concrete and steel to maximize longevity and structural integrity to support increased traffic demands along the I-25 corridor. The southbound bridge at the same location was replaced last year and is fully operational.

CR 103 DETOURS & TRAVEL IMPACTS

During the deck pour, there will be no access to CR 103 under the bridges for approx. 12 hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19. Detour signage will be in place to safely direct motorists to either of these alternate routes:

  • To access westbound CR 103 from northbound I-25 will require taking Exit 60, heading south on I-25, and taking Exit 59.

  • To access eastbound CR 103 from southbound I-25 will require taking Exit 56, then heading north on I-25 to Exit 59.

OTHER TRAVEL IMPACTS

CDOT anticipates medium travel impact to traffic on north and southbound I-25 at Exit 59, Butte Creek until project completion. These impacts include: 

  • Northbound traffic is being detoured onto median pavement and then onto the left southbound lane through the construction zone from MP 58.8 to MP 59.01 until the northbound bridge is complete.

  • Southbound traffic is reduced to a single (right) lane through the work zone.

  • Occasional single lane closures with alternating east/westbound traffic directed by flagger operations will be in place on CR 103 until project completion.

  • The I-25 northbound on and off ramps at Exit 59 have been reconfigured. Lanes are narrowed and caution is advised.

  • Speeds are reduced in the work zone and fines are doubled.

  • Width restrictions of 12 feet are in effect through the work zone.

  • Ongoing maintenance on I-25 requires roadway restriping with the use of attenuator trucks to pace traffic. Some delays should be expected.

  • Traffic control personnel and flaggers will be onsite during construction activities.

  • Detours, lane closures and other traffic notices are posted weekly on COTrip.org.

PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located on I-25 at Exit 59, Butte Creek from MP 58.8 to MP 59.01 in Huerfano County.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

The project kicked off on November 1, 2018 and is expected to last until late 2020. Working hours are Mon. to Fri. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. No holiday or weekend work is expected. Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.

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 any 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.

REMEMBER: 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.

  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

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

  • 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.

  • Be patient!

COVID-19  

Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for all of us, particularly for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, CDOT maintenance and construction crews  follow 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 and wearing face masks.  As traffic returns to normal levels, motorists must drive cautiously and heed the speed limit so all of us can return home safely. 

WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY. 

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.

 

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. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.  

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