Denver: I-70 viaduct set for $21 million ‘Band-Aid’
DENVER, Colorado – A 1.6-mile viaduct on Interstate 70 in Denver that has worn joints, corroding steel and cracking concrete is set for repairs ” but not the $800 million in work needed to rebuild it.
The work that will start in the next work or so is described as a $21.6 million Band-Aid by the Colorado Department of Transportation. Contractors will take at least two years to replace 60 expansion joints on the bridge between Colorado and Brighton boulevards.
Besides worn joints, water and de-icing fluids have leaked through the viaduct’s expansion joints and seeped into concrete piers, girders and columns supporting the structure. The bridge is one of 125 owned and maintained by the state rated in poor condition.