Colorado

Dec 1, 2009 2:53 PM by Bea Karnes

Bridge replacement detouring traffic on Hwy 50

A bridge built one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor is being replaced in Pueblo County.

The new westbound bridge crossing the St. Charles River on U.S. 50 Business Route in the Vineland area is scheduled for completion next April. The eastbound bridge, which is newer, will then get new approach slabs and minor deck work following the completion of the new bridge. The eastbound work will be finished in July.

"That westbound bridge was built in 1942. It was a steel truss structure that was functionally obsolete. It only had a vertical clearance of 16 feet, which is outdated for today's standards," says CDOT Resident Engineer Karen Rowe. "This project will improve safety by eliminating the steel and concrete median barriers, allowing both bridges to become one structure with a painted median. There'll also be wider shoulders."

Expect traffic delays during the construction period.

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