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Jan 9, 2012 6:43 PM by Paul Kavanaugh

Highway 24 bridge replacement underway

Work is underway to replace the Black Squirrel Creek Bridge on U.S. 24, about two miles west of Peyton.

Traffic continues to use the old bridge while detour construction is taking place, just south of the highway. However, occasional traffic stops up to 10 minutes and a reduced speed limit can be expected from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The detour is scheduled to open to traffic on Friday, January 13, allowing vehicles to travel through the work zone at a reduced speed, unimpeded, while the new bridge is begin built.

This configuration is expected to remain until May, 2012 when the work is expected to be completed.

The project also includes new asphalt pavement, guardrails, seeding, and mulching.

"We're replacing a bridge that was built in 1935, that's rated in poor condition and that doesn't meet current highway standards," said CDOT Resident Engineer Mark Andrew. "It's only 28 feet wide and has a vertical clearance less than 16 feet because of the old steel trusses. Today's safety standards require a minimum 40-foot roadway and a minimal clearance of 16-feet, six inches, which the new structure will more than provide," Andrew said.

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