US 285 Bridge Replacement Over South Fork

News Release

June 6, 2022 - South/Eastern Colorado - US 285 Bridge replacement over South Fork of South Platte to start June 13 after winter shutdown. US 285 road closure to begin July 11.

Park County — The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin bridge replacement operations on US 285 over South Fork of South Platte between Fairplay and Antero Junction after the winter shutdown of the project. The project began in late July 2021 and is expected to be completed Fall 2022.

US 285 MP 172 to MP 172.5

Work will require a three month full closure on US 285 with an offsite detour utilizing CO 9 and US 24. The closure will begin July 11 and will remain closed until mid-October.

Work consists of bridge replacement as well as relieving wetland impacts and redirecting streams.

Additionally, the bridge maintenance consists of bridge rail and guardrail replacement, as well as roadway reconstruction for the bridge approach.

This project will benefit motorists by making the bridge safer and improving the driving experience. Zak Dirt Inc. is the contractor for this project.

Project Information

For additional information about this project:

Notice to Commercial Truckers and Through Travelers on US 50

West bound commercial truck drivers and other travelers should be aware of major closures due to the US 50 Little Blue Creek Canyon project, located west of Gunnison. Travel time between Sargents and the Little Blue Creek Canyon closure point is approximately 1.5 hours. Travelers are urged to plan ahead. Visit the project website for more information about the US 50 Little Blue Creek Canyon Project:

Know Before You Go

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:

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.
  • 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!

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