Traffic to shift to temporary bridge in Eagle on Friday |

Traffic to shift to temporary bridge in Eagle on Friday

Crews finish temporary paving at the Brush Creek Bridge detour west of Eagle. Traffic is slated to shift to the temporary roadway this Friday, June 5.
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EAGLE — The western route in and out of Eagle is set to change Friday.

On Friday, traffic along U.S. Highway 6 west of Eagle will shift over to the temporary lanes built specifically to handle motorists while the existing Depression era bridge over Brush Creek is replaced. A temporary bridge structure has also been placed at the site.

“The last two months of construction have been all preparation of the detour,” said Bob Yost, Colorado Department of Transportation project engineer. When traffic shifts over to the detour, crews will begin demolition of the existing bridge (built in 1935) and construction of a new structure.

When traffic shifts to the detour, Yost noted that motorist should be advised that a reduced speed limit of 35 mph will be enforced.

The new 122-foot bridge is slated to cost $3.9 million and will be completed by November. 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.

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