Funds available to replace bridge

Art Garfunkle sang about a bridge over troubled water, and that bridge may be the bridge over Deception Creek causing trouble for U.S. Highway 40 travelers next spring and summer.

The project consists of bridge replacement on U.S. Highway 40 at Deception Creek, approximately 28 miles west of Craig approximately six miles east of Maybell at milepost 61.

The bridge will be getting a face-lift, and that spells travel delays.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has already received bids on the project.

According to Dennis Van Patter, communication specialist for CDOT, the low bidder was Civil Construction Company of Carbondale. The bid was $779,011.07.

"As bridge projects go, it is on the low side. So, I don't think it will be a large inconvenience to drivers," Van Patter said.

Mike Murphy, project engineer for CDOT, said the work on the bridge will begin at the end of March.

"The bridge is actually larger than it looks from the highway," Murphy said. "We're going to pull the old bridge and replace it with a box culvert and a couple of pipes. It will probably take three months to complete it."

Traffic will be affected according to Murphy.

"There will be detours on both sides of the bridge during the day and one way traffic in place part of the time while the bridge is being worked on. People can expect at least a 15 minute traffic delay."

While people will have to deal with delays this spring, Murphy said the project is well warranted because of the age of the bridge currently in place.

The work elements will include embankment material, asphalt paving, aggregate base course, reinforced concrete pipe, concrete box culvert, fencing, and striping. Project is scheduled for 120 work days.

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