Weld County – The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin repairs to the bridge over I-25 at WCR 34 that was severely damaged in a collision Aug. 8 to allow westbound traffic from Weld County Road 34 to cross the bridge in a one-way configuration.
Work on Monday and Tuesday evenings, depending on weather conditions and availability of materials, will consist of installing concrete barriers and netting under the bridge to catch potential bridge debris and allow one-way traffic on the north side from the bridge.
The bridge was hit around 6 p.m. on August 8 when a truck carrying an overhead excavator traveling north hit the WCR 34 overpass bridge on I-25. The bridge suffered debilitating damage to the bridge girders.
Interstate traffic was closed until 4 a.m. the next day, until CDOT bridge experts determined that traffic was safe to pass under the bridge. CDOT bridge crews assessed the damage and determined that the bridge’s structural integrity can support one lane of traffic to connect westbound travelers on WCR 34 across I-25.
On Monday and Tuesday evenings, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., I-25 traffic will be diverted to the WCR 34 on- and off-ramps to allow crews to set up netting, barricades, and other work to prepare the bridge to handle one. -route westbound by the end of next week.
Pavement work will also need to be done to repair the damage caused by the skidding of the backhoe and the diesel fuel that spilled as a result of the accident. The pavement repair will require I-25 traffic to be diverted to the on and off ramps at WCR 34 between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to allow crews to replace the top layer of asphalt over the damaged section. This work should take place in late August and possibly early September, depending on the weather and the availability of materials.
The next stage of repairs will take place over the next four months to repair the bridge to allow two-way traffic as it did before the accident. Intermittent overnight lane closures may be required to perform bridge safety inspections. Expect overnight work from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. with minimal delays on I-25 during this time. Be sure to check Cotrip.org to see when delays are expected.
Project contact details
- Project Phone Line – (720) 593-1996
- Project email – [email protected]
- Project website – www.codot.gov/projects/north-i-25
- Sign up for weekly project updates by logging into the project website and completing the form to the right to “Subscribe to Project Updates”.
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Travelers are urged to “inquire before you go”. Gather information on weather forecasts and anticipated impacts on travel and current road conditions before hitting the road. CDOT resources include:
Remember: slow for the cone area
The following tips are intended to help you stay safe when traveling through maintenance and construction work areas.
- Do not accelerate in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
- Stay alert! Expect the unexpected.
- Watch the workers. Drive with caution.
- Do not change lanes unnecessarily.
- Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving through work areas.
- Turn on the headlights so workers and other drivers can see you.
- Be especially vigilant at night when driving through work areas.
- Expect delays, especially during peak hours.
- Leave enough space between you and the car in front of you.
- Anticipate lane changes and merge when prompted.
- Be patient!
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