Timber Bridge Project to begin June 10

Travel Advisory

May 28, 2024 - Southeastern Colorado - Work will take place on 15 different structures in four Southern Colorado counties

Baca, Bent, Las Animas and Prowers Counties — The Colorado Department of Transportation with its contract partner Myers & Sons Construction, LLC, will begin timber bridge work on June 10. Work will take place along five roadways, US Highway 50, CO Highway 101, CO Highway 116, US Highway 160 and US Highway 350. The timber bridge project will enhance safety for the traveling public by reinforcing the aging bridges and adding longevity to existing bridges' lifespans.

The project will happen in 15 different phases. All phases will work on adding steel sister beams to the existing damaged timber girders to strengthen the support to the bridge deck. Work will occur at various locations across Baca, Bent, Las Animas and Prowers Counties in Southeast Colorado:

  • Phase 1: CO 101 at Mile Point 2.8 to MP 4.8.
  • Phase 2: CO 101 from MP 6.4 to MP 8.4.
  • Phase 3: US 50 at MP 409 to MP 411.
  • Phase 4: US 50 at MP 415 to MP 417.
  • Phase 5: US 50 at MP 418.5 to MP 420.5.
  • Phase 6: US 50 at MP 420.8 to MP 422.8.
  • Phase 7: US 50 at MP 438.5 to MP 440.5.
  • Phase 8: CO 116 at MP 11 to MP 13.
  • Phase 9: US 160 at MP 453 to MP 455.
  • Phase 10: US 160 at MP 452.7 to MP 454.7.
  • Phase 11: US 160 at MP 450 to MP 452.
  • Phase 12: US 160 at MP 449.5 to MP 451.5.
  • Phase 13: US 160 at MP 358.4 to MP 360.4.
  • Phase 14: US 350 at MP 6.7 to MP 8.7.
  • Phase 15: US 350 from MP 1.7 to MP 3.7.

Traffic Impacts

Motorists and area residents can expect the following impacts during construction:

  • Daytime work hours range from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Vehicles will be reduced to a single-lane, alternating traffic intermittently in either direction, at each location throughout the duration of the each phase of work.
  • There will be a 12-foot width restriction in place.
  • The project is scheduled for completion in late October.
Map of Timber Bridge Maintenance Phase 1 and 2 Work Location
Phase 1 and 2: Map of CO 101 identifying bridge work from MP 2.8 to 4.8 and 6.4 to 8.4.

Map of Timber Bridge maintenance Phase 3 to 6 Work Location
Phase 3 to 6: Map of US 50 identifying bridge work from MP 409 to 411, MP 415 to 417, MP 418.5 to 420.5 and MP 420.8 to 422.8.

Map of Timber Bridge Maintenance Phase 7 Work Location
Phase 7: Map of US 50 identifying bridge work MP 438.5 to 440.5.

Map of Timber Bridge Maintenance Phase 8 Work Location
Phase 8: Map of CO 116 identifying bridge work MP 11 to 13.

Map of Timber Bridge Maintenance Phase 9 to 12 Work Location
Phases 9 to 12: Map of US 160 identifying the four bridges to be retrofit: MP 453 to 455, MP 452.7 to 454.7, MP 450 to 452, MP 449.5 to 451.5.

Map of Timber Bridge Maintenance Phase 13 Work Location
Phases 13: Map of US 160 identifying the bridge work from MP 358.4 to 360.4.

Map of Timber Bridge Maintenance Phase 14 to 15 Work Location
Phase 14 and 15: Map of US 350 identifying bridge work from MP 6.7 to 8.7 and MP 1.7 to 3.7.

Project Information

For additional information about this 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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