US 6 timber bridge replacement east of Brush starts next week

Travel Advisory

October 13, 2022 - Northeastern Colorado - Daily lane closures with flaggers alternating traffic are expected for several months

Morgan County – The Colorado Department of Transportation and Lawrence Construction will replace a bridge on U.S. Highway 6 (mile point 372.75) approximately one mile east of the Interstate 76/US 6 interchange starting next week.

Morgan and Washington counties, eastern plains timber bridge replacements - phase 2 - on US 6 mile point 372.75, US 34 mile point 198.85, and US 34 mile marker 206.50

Daily lane closures with flaggers alternating traffic are expected for several months while the contractor removes an old timber bridge and replaces it with a concrete box culvert.

A week-long full closure of US 6 between I-76 and County Road U is necessary in November. More information will be posted on message boards near the work zone and on the project web page as the closure date approaches. A signed detour route will be provided.

Pavement at the US 6 bridge approaches will be replaced, and outside shoulders will be widened to eight feet. Other project work includes new guardrail, drainage improvements, and upgraded signage and striping. Project completion is expected in late 2022 for the US 6 location.

The US 6 bridge is the fifth of ten timber bridges throughout the region to be replaced. The project is about to kick off the second phase, which will replace two US 34 bridges in Washington County between Akron and Otis in addition to the US 6 bridge in Morgan County. Work on the US 34 bridges will begin this spring.

“CDOT has prioritized safety and mobility on several transportation corridors by replacing 90-year-old timber bridges. We’ve been able to replace four bridges so far this year resulting in improved safety and access for decades to come,” said CDOT Region 4 Transportation Director Heather Paddock.

Project Background

Ten timber bridges throughout the region will be removed and replaced with concrete bridges or box culverts. Roadway pavement on the bridge approaches will be removed and replaced. Outside shoulders will be widened to eight feet across each bridge or box culvert. Other project work includes new guardrail, drainage improvements, access modifications, and upgraded signage and striping. Drivers should expect full roadway closures for each bridge replacement.

General work hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with occasional extended hours and weekend work. Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change. Weekly updates are available on the project web page.

Stay Informed

For additional information about this project, contact the project team.

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  • 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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