News Regarding US 34 Bridge Replacement
This week, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) realigned US 34 near Drake as part of the bridge replacement project over the Big Thompson River at milepost 81.13. The new alignment allowed crews to open one lane of US 34 in each direction through the construction zone.
“Since the project began in February, US 34 has been in a one-lane configuration with signals at each end to direct traffic through the work zone,” said CDOT Project Engineer Miranda Roskop. “With half of the new bridge constructed, we have been able to open a lane in each direction, which will reduce the delays and improve the flow of traffic.”
Since both directions of US 34 are on the new eastbound structure, the lanes have been reduced to about 9.5 feet wide and a width restriction of 8.5 feet is in place. US 34 will remain in this configuration until the end of the project.
“We were originally scheduled to move into this new alignment in the middle of May,” added Roskop. “Thanks to some great weather and hard work from our contractor, we are about four and half weeks ahead of schedule. Even though the work is progressing well and US 34 is in a new alignment, we still want to remind motorists to stay alert and keep their speeds down through the work zone.”
The US 34 bridge over the Big Thompson River was originally constructed in 1935 and is one of the state’s structurally deficient bridges.
SEMA Construction, Inc. is the contractor of this $2.6 million project. The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of August 2008.