U.S. 285 closure to last 3 months during bridge replacement

A new $2.6 million bridge replacement project on U.S. 285 began in early July and a three-month full closure of the highway starts Aug. 2.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said crews will replace a bridge and its railings, rebuild the approach to the bridge, and replace the guardrail. The project also includes wetland mitigation and a stream diversion. The work has multiple locations in Park County, including U.S. 285 at milepoint 172.2 to 173.5, State Highway 9 at milepoint 63, and U.S. 24 at milepoint 47.5.

CDOT said the bridge over the South Fork South Platte River, which is between Antero Junction and Fairplay, has had to close periodically due to heavy rain and high water. Some of the wooden piles are also exhibiting “serious rot and decay at the waterline,” CDOT said.

Michelle Peulen, CDOT’s communications manager for the southeast region, said this doesn’t mean the bridge is going to collapse, but rather it’s one CDOT will monitor closely leading up to its replacement.

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