Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Highway 52 Bridge Replacement Begins

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DOT.STATE.CO.US/ARRA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2009

 

Contact:
Mindy Crane
(303) 757-9469 or Cell or (303)-880-2136

 

STATE HIGHWAY 52 BRIDGE REPLACE PROJECT BEGINS AS PART OF THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT


 BOULDER COUNTY - This week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins a bridge replacement project on State Highway (SH) 52 over Boulder Creek, which is just west of Weld County Road (WCR) 1. The $5.1 million project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

 

The new bridge will be constructed in two phases with work beginning on the south portion of the new bridge first. For the first three to four months of the project, SH 52 will remain in its current configuration, but the shoulder width will be reduced. In addition, left turns on SH 52 will be prohibited at WCR 1. Temporary signals will be installed to help direct traffic through the work zone and the speed limit will be reduced to 35 MPH.

Once the southern portion of the new bridge is complete, traffic will be realigned to the new structure so that crews can demolish the existing structure and construct the northern portion of the new structure. During this phase, only one lane will remain open in each direction and left turns will also be prohibited at WCR 1.

With SH 52 in a temporary alignment, delays are possible and alternate routes are advised. For weekly lane closure information please visit CDOT's Current Conditions and click on "North/Northeast closures."

When complete, the new structure will accommodate two lanes of traffic in each direction with wider shoulders, left turn lanes that are about 300 feet longer than the existing turn lanes and a new right turn lane from eastbound SH 52 to southbound WCR 1.

"By replacing this structure, originally built in 1963, we will be able to improve the existing infrastructure while making some significant safety improvements," said CDOT Project Engineer Monte Malik. "All of the improvements will increase the flow of traffic, especially during peak travel times when many motorists are trying to make left turns."

SEMA Construction Inc. of Centennial, CO is the contractor for this project which is scheduled to be complete by the end of August 2010.

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.