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CDOT to begin rehabilitation work on the Gallinas Bridge on Raton Pass July 27

July 22, 2020 - Southeastern Colorado - Crews will strengthen the bridge’s structure to extend its lifespan and make other safety improvements

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY – Starting on Monday, July 27, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor TLM Constructors will begin rehabilitating the Gallinas Bridge on Interstate 25 at Exit 6 between Trinidad and Raton in Las Animas County. Work includes upgrading the deck, wrapping the girders with fiber reinforced polymer for shear and flexure strengthening, and making other safety improvements to extend the bridge’s lifespan. The project supports CDOT’s commitment to improved statewide mobility and their Whole System Whole Safety initiative.

Gallinas bridge location

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 

This is a two-step Federal Aid Project to rehabilitate an existing bridge to meet current FHWA load and safety standards. The first step involves pressure-injecting epoxy into cracks to shore up the surface structure. The second step consists of wrapping the longitudinal girders with Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) for shear and flexure strengthening.

TRAVEL IMPACTS

CDOT anticipates low to medium travel impact during the period of construction, including:

  • Drivers can expect traffic impacts throughout the duration of the project. 

  • These impacts include one lane traffic which will be under flagger control during construction activities. 

  • Speeds will be reduced within the project limits. 

  • Lane width restrictions of 10 feet will be in place. 

  • 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. 

  • Lane closures and other traffic notices are posted weekly on COTrip.org.

PROJECT LOCATION

The project is located on I-25 near Raton Pass between Mile Point 5.0 and MP 6.2 in Las Animas County.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

The project is expected to begin on July 27 and will be completed in the fall. Working hours are Mon. to Fri. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. No night, holiday or weekend work is expected. All 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 719.565.7570, or visit the project website at https://www.codot.gov/projects/i25-gallinas-bridgerehab. 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.

COVID-19 UPDATE

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. 

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative in early 2019. 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 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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