CDOT to replace bridge on US Highway 34 near Shadow Mountain Lake |

CDOT to replace bridge on US Highway 34 near Shadow Mountain Lake

Hank Shell

The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to replace a bridge across the North Fork of the Colorado River on U.S. Highway 34 near Shadow Mountain Lake.

CDOT kicked off the project’s design phase in September 2015 and hopes to have final plans completed by July 2016.

The Colorado Bridge Enterprise, a part of CDOT, will fund the bridge.

CDOT Project Manager John Kronholm told the Grand County Board of Commissioners that the bridge, built in 1938, is deteriorating and its deck is too narrow.

Rather than rehabilitate the bridge, CDOT will construct a longer, wider bridge with a lifespan of around 100 years.

Construction on the bridge could begin in 2017 if funding is available.

The Colorado Bridge Enterprise determined the bridge is eligible for faster funding, though funding has only been identified for the bridge’s design.

The total estimated budget of the project is around $519,700, according to CDOT.

CDOT will construct a two-lane temporary bridge to reroute traffic during construction.

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