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Bridge project to shut down US Highway 6 west of Eagle

Crews work at the new Hockett Gulch box culvert that is part of the overall Brush Creek bridge replacement project west of Eagle. U.S. Highway 6 will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday July 28 through 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 29 for bridge work. Motorists are instructed to use Interstate 70 between Eagle and Gypsum as the detour.

EAGLE — Motorists who habitually use U.S. Highway 6 as their Eagle-to-Gypsum route will have to change that habit for at least one night next week.

Plan Accordingly

On Tuesday, U.S. Highway 6 over Brush Creek will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. so crews can lift and place girders for bridge construction. The full closure is expected to last until Wednesday at approximately 6 a.m. The closure will begin at the Sylvan Lake Road roundabout and end at Earhart Drive on the west. Travelers should plan on utilizing the Interstate 70 route during this time.

Reduce Elevation Drop

Colorado Department of Transportation crews began work on the new bridge in June. The project involves replacing a Depression-era structure with a new 122-foot bridge slated to cost $3.9 million. The new structure will be slightly longer that the existing bridge and it will reduce part of the elevation drop that currently exists along the highway.

The scope of work includes replacing the bridge built in 1935 and installing a new culvert at Hockett Gulch. Project boundaries begin at mile post 148 and end at mile post 149. Work also includes the addition of fortified embankments.

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The project is scheduled for completion by November.