Emergency repairs construction starting on Weld County Road 34 Bridge over I-25 start Sunday

Travel Advisory

September 22, 2022 - Northeastern Colorado - The repairs are expected to be completed during the week of Oct. 16

Weld County Road 34 bridge repairs progress photo

Mead — On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Colorado Department of Transportation, in conjunction with Ralph L. Wadsworth and SEMA Construction Inc., will begin emergency repairs to the Weld County Road 34 bridge over I-25, in Mead.

Work required for the emergency repairs will include reinforcing the internal steel structure and pouring concrete to reconstruct portions of the bridge girders damaged by an equipment impact earlier this year.

Initial traffic impacts will include:

  • The continued closure of eastbound traffic on the bridge
  • Nighttime closures of the entire bridge. Westbound WCR 34 traffic will not be able to cross
  • One-lane configuration of northbound I-25 at exit 245
    • In order to secure a safe work zone under the bridge, I-25 traffic will be routed on the on- and off-ramps
  • Overnight closure of movements from the frontage road onto I-25 at WCR 34
    • Vehicles will still be able to exit from northbound I-25 to eastbound WCR 34 and northbound I-25 to the frontage road

In approximately one week, weather pending, there will be a temporary full closure of the WCR 34 bridge over I-25 until girder concrete strength has been obtained. The estimated timeframe for this closure is two to three days. Detours will be in place.

The repairs are expected to be completed during the week of Oct. 16, at which time the bridge will reopen for eastbound and westbound traffic and function like it did before it was damaged.

Travel Impacts

Please visit the website, www.codot.gov/projects/north-i-25, for the most current travel updates.

Construction will typically take place Sunday through Thursday nights, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., with nighttime closures of northbound I-25 detouring traffic to the exit 245 off-ramp and re-entering the northbound on-ramp.

Motorists should expect speed reductions to 55 mph, minor lane shifts, temporary concrete barriers and median bridge work. Motorists should also expect delays during the scheduled work hours. Work is expected to be completed in October 2022. Construction is weather-dependent and subject to change.

Please pay attention and follow posted signage.

Project Contact Information

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Weld County Road 34 nighttime closures of northbound I-25 detouring traffic to the exit 245 off-ramp and re-entering the northbound on-ramp.

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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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