CDOT preps for 2018 bridge repairs at east entry to Craig |

CDOT preps for 2018 bridge repairs at east entry to Craig

Highway 13 bridge to be complete before July 4

Lauren Blair

— The bridges of Moffat County will continue to receive much-needed maintenance from the Colorado Department of Transportation this year and next.

As crews wrap up repairs on the Colorado Highway 13 bridge south of Craig, CDOT engineers are already gearing up for another round of bridge work to start in 2018.

The two bridges, spanning Fortification Creek on the east end of Craig where Lincoln Street intersects Victory Way, will be the partial focus of a $3.5 million bridge preventative maintenance project in Craig and Hayden next year.

Craig-based CDOT engineers Clint Moyer and Jenny Schnakenburg presented preliminary plans to Craig City Council Tuesday.

“These two bridges have been identified as scour-critical,” Schnakenberg told the council. “There is a possibility of losing any kind of stability of the bridge, as the foundation is exposed.”

Scour-critical bridges are those whose “foundations are at risk of failure due to erosion,” which is the most common cause of bridge failure, according to CDOTs 2016 Transportation Deficit Report.

Construction on the project would ramp up in summer of 2018, according to early timeline projections. The project would halt during the winter months and then be completed in spring of 2019. At least one lane would remain open in both directions, the engineers said.

Meanwhile, work on the Highway 13 bridge south of Craig has resumed after a winter hiatus. A temporary signal has been installed to control traffic while crews finish bridge joint work. The bridge will eventually be repaved — which will require a temporary closure of up to three days — and outfitted with new guardrails, with work expected to be complete prior to July 4, according to Moyer.

The upcoming 2018 bridge projects are meant to extend the life of the bridges by repaving them, installing new joints and mitigating erosion at the foundation of the bridge.

CDOT will return to City Council to request temporary easements for construction, permanent easements on small parcels owned by the city and to secure the necessary rights-of-way.

Craig City Manager Mike Foreman promised the city’s help on facilitating the project.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @LaurenBNews.

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