CDOT must take second look at Tabernash bridge
December 25, 2008
It has now been about two months since the last fatal accident on the Tabernash overpass on U.S. Highway 40. I would hope that the Colorado Department of Transportation is reviewing this stretch of highway in light of the two fatalities and many serious accidents that have occurred on this overpass in the past several years.
The fact that the speed limit on the highway at the overpass is 65 MPH seems to be one of the factors that could be attributing to these accidents. Perhaps if the 65 MPH speed limit sign heading eastbound could be moved to the Fraser side of the overpass, perhaps past the intersection with CR 83 (Devils Thumb intersection) it would improve the safety margin on the overpass not to mention the intersection itself.
Traveling westbound, perhaps the 50 MPH sign now located on the Tabernash side of the overpass (next to the memorial for a fatality) could be moved before the CR 83 intersection. This seems to promote safety for the overpass and for a very busy intersection of Highway 40 and CR 83. If these changes were implemented the suggested speed limit sign on the yellow curve sign headed westbound should also be changed from 60 MPH to 45 MPH.
This is just a suggestion that I hope CDOT picks up on. My main concern is for the safety of our residents in our community.