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May 3, 2010 9:52 PM by Andy Koen

City selects a better blacktop to repave bridge

The Colorado Avenue Bridge in downtown Colorado Springs is getting a fancy new coat of blacktop. 

City engineer Robin Kidder says the deck is being covered with a special epoxy overlay that will make the bridge water-tight, allow it to absorb heat better and have a grittier surface for better traction in winter.

The concrete deck of the bridge is more than 12 years old and was due for resurfacing.   Kidder says this overlay was chosen because it is expected to better protect bridge from the elements than traditional asphalt.

The overpass at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Union Boulevard is covered with the same epoxy, and Kidder says that the overpass at Woodmen Road and Academy Boulevard will also use the product.

Construction should be wrapped up by the end of the week.  In the meantime, expect single lane traffic in both directions while the repaving continues.

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