Bridge structure work complete on US 350 structure near La Junta

Project Update

November 20, 2023 - Southeastern Colorado - Full replacement of the structure was required for the safety of the traveling public

Otero County —­­ The Colorado Department of Transportation and its contracting partner CapitalTezak Joint Venture have finished replacing a bridge structure located on US Highway 350, southwest of La Junta and reopened the roadway at approximately 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, two days ahead of schedule.

The structure located at mile point 69.8, originally built in 1938, was structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. The new structure is a concrete box culvert and will widen the roadway. For the safety of the traveling public, this structure required full replacement.

Construction of this structure required closing US 350 for 21-days to minimize construction duration, which saved two months of construction time in a single lane structure detour. Additionally, the closure resulted in decreased project costs, prevented unnecessary disturbance to the Otero Ditch Canal, and increased crew and motorist safety. While the closure is complete, motorists can still expect intermittent lane and shoulder closures as crews complete final construction activities. Construction on the structure is expected to be complete in early 2024.

Project Information

Project Overview

Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the country, and with that growth comes strain on aging transportation systems that have significant consequences in the form of growing safety and mobility problems. The purpose of this project is to provide necessary improvements to 17 structures so motorists can be ensured that they are driving on more stable and up to date structures with life spans of 100 years.

The three rural highway corridors where structures are being replaced include:

  • Colorado Highway (CO) 9
  • US Highway 24
  • US Highway 350

Construction completion of the Bridge Bundle $43 million project is slated for late 2024.

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