US 34 Timber Bridge Replacement East of Laird

About the Project:

The Colorado Department of Transportation and its contracting partner, Lawrence Construction Company, will begin improvements on two timber bridges located on US Highway 34 east of Laird beginning April 1. This roadway provides important mobility to this region. The anticipated completion date of the project is December.

The timber bridges will be removed and replaced with concrete bridges east of Laird at the Republican River and 1 mile west of the Colorado-Nebraska state line.

Project Benefits

  • Replacing the bridges with concrete is because it's known for its high compressive strength, making it capable of supporting heavy loads. It also has excellent durability, resisting deterioration from weather, chemicals, and abrasion over time. This longevity reduces the need for frequent maintenance and repairs compared to other materials.
  • The project will enhance safety for Colorado’s traveling public by replacing the aging bridges. Colorado, like many states, faces challenges related to aging infrastructure, including timber bridges that may no longer meet safety standards or require frequent maintenance due to deterioration.

Work Schedule:

  • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Anticipated completion is December

Traffic Impacts:

Motorists can expect the following impacts during the period of construction:

  •  During working hours, there will be an alternating lane closure with a temporary traffic signal in place to guide traffic.
  • A speed reduction of 40 mph will be in place through the construction zone.
  • Single lane detours will be constructed. Traffic will be guided by temporary traffic signals. The alternating traffic will be 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
  • Refer to for real-time travel conditions and road closures

Work this Week & Lane Closures
US 34 Timber Bridge

Project Facts

  • Construction Cost: $5 Million
  • Contractor: Lawrence Construction
  • Timeline: April through December 2024
  • Location: US 34 
    • Nearest Town/City: east of Laird
    • Mile Point(s): MP 257.80 to 258.95
    • County: Yuma
US 34 Timber Bridge Replacement project map

The US 34 Timber Bridge Replacement
East of Laird Project Map