New Eagle bridge slated to open in early October
EAGLE — If everything goes according to plan, then in just over two weeks motorists will be crossing Brush Creek on the west end of Eagle over a newly opened, $3.9 million bridge.
The bridge project began this spring and since early June, cars have been diverted from the U.S. Highway 6 route to temporary traffic lanes and a temporary bridge while crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation completed the demolition and replacement of a 1930s-era structure. According to CDOT project engineer Bob Yost, the new bridge is expected to open Oct. 5.
“The plan right now is to pave the roadway next Wednesday or Thursday,” said Yost.
The new 122-foot bridge is slightly longer that the previous bridge and it will reduce part of the elevation drop that formerly characterized that section of highway.
“This project has been going well with no major issues,” Yost said. “The detour worked great as far as keeping traffic moving.”
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Once traffic moves back to the permanent U.S. Highway 6 route over the new bridge, the project team has one more job. Yost said that removing the detour structures is expected to take five to six weeks and the entire project will be completed by November.