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Press Release - Project to Replace Poor Bridges on I-76

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 9, 2009


Contact:

Mindy Crane -- (303) 757-9469

Cell -- (303) 880-2136


AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT PROJECT TO REPLACE POOR BRIDGES ON I-76


ADAMS COUNTY-- This week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) started an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project that will replace four bridges on I-76 over State Highway (SH) 224 and over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), mileposts 7.653 to 8.693. The existing bridges, originally constructed in 1967, are in poor condition and in great need of replacement.


"This project is the fifth ARRA transportation project to begin in the 7th Congressional District. Replacing aging bridges is important for public safety and will allow Adams County to continue to grow. Saving existing jobs, creating new jobs and investing in the future of Colorado's infrastructure is what this project and ARRA is all about," stated U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07).


The project will be constructed in three phases with the work taking place in the middle of I-76 first. During the first phase, traffic will be left in its current alignment and the middle sections of the SH 224 and UPRR bridges will be constructed as well as detour pavement through the median of I-76. In addition, SH 224 between Dahlia Street and the West Frontage Road will be in a temporary alignment for approximately two months to allow crews to construct the center piers and the abutments of the new structures.


Once the first phase is complete, crews will begin work on the westbound portion of the structures and traffic will be placed in a temporary alignment into the middle portion of I-76 allowing access to construct the westbound bridges. Once the westbound structures are complete, the third and final phase will begin with crews placing eastbound traffic into a temporary alignment, creating access to the eastbound bridges as well as the SH 224 off-ramp and retaining wall.


Throughout the project, lane closures can be expected Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Full closures of SH 224 may be required when bridge demolition, girder installation and deck panel installation take place.


SEMA Construction Co. of Centennial, CO is the contactor for this $11 million project. The entire project is scheduled to be complete by January 2011.


In all, Colorado will receive more than $400 million for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects.


For a list of CDOT's Recovery Act projects, visit www.dot.state.co.us/arra.