RED MOUNTAIN PASS – Night work begins on the US 550 Bear Creek Bridge, starting Sunday, Aug.15, and requiring full closure of the highway, Sunday-Thursday nights, 8 p.m.-6 a.m., through mid-September.
The anchoring roadwork, being done by American Civil Constructors, Inc., under the auspices of Colorado Department of Transportation, will facilitate rock road-widening of US 550.
Construction work on the Bear Creek Bridge project, located two miles south of Ouray on US 550, started on July 26, will deliver a new and wider Bear Creek bridge, providing improved parking to the north and adding a cantilevered walkway (allowing visitors a better view over the canyon edge onto the falls below).
Crews will suspend work for a winter shutdown in October 2010, and resume the following spring, for completion in November 2011. This project moved forward with funding from Colorado FASTER – 09-SB-108.
Commuters and community members are encouraged to sign up for regular electronic updates by enrolling at BearCreekBridge@accbuilt.com or calling the project hotline at 970/325-9892. Visit the CDOT website at http://www.Coloradodot.info/projects/550bearcreekbridge.
For information on other CDOT projects statewide visit www.cotrip.org or call 511.