Eastern Plains Timber Bridge Replacement | Phase II

US 6 and US 34, Morgan and Washington Counties

About the Project:

The Colorado Department of Transportation and Lawrence Construction will replace a bridge on U.S. Highway 34 (Mile Point 198.84) approximately two miles east of Colorado Highway 63/Cedar Avenue in Akron starting in March 2023.

The US 34 bridge east of Akron is the sixth of ten timber bridges throughout the region to be replaced. The project is in the middle of the second phase, which replaces two US 34 bridges in Washington County between Akron and Otis in addition to a US 6 bridge in Morgan County that was replaced late last year.

Pavement at the US 34 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. Construction completion is expected in late summer 2023 for this Akron location.

Eastern Plains Bridges Phase 2 - project location map

Work Schedule

  • Work starts on the US 34 east of Akron bridge in March 2023 with completion expected in late summer 2023.
  • General work hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with occasional extended hours and weekend work.
  • Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

Traffic Impacts

  • 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 large concrete box culvert.
  • A four-day full closure of US 34 between County Road EE and CR GG is necessary in late March or early April when the bridge is demolished and replaced with the culvert.
  • More information will be posted on message boards near the work zone and on this web page as the closure date approaches.
  • A signed detour route will be provided during the closure.