BOULDER, Colo. –
A revamped Cherryvale Bridge is taking shape across U.S. 36, and the $2.7 million project could be finished ahead of schedule if the warm, dry weather persists.
Construction of the bridge’s girders has forced nighttime closures of the Turnpike this week, and intermittent closures will continue until construction is complete. So far, that’s on schedule to happen by early June, said Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Mindy Crane.
Workers have been helped along by the unseasonable weather since mid-February, when they demolished the original structure, from 1951, Crane said.
“It’s been a huge help. A lot of times in the winter, you’ll have projects that work a week and then have to stop for a day because of snow,” she said. “But that hasn’t been a challenge at all. If we keep going like this we may even be a little ahead of schedule.”
Nighttime closures — from 11 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. — continue through Friday, and future closures will be announced as work on the 40-foot span advances.
“In the coming weeks, we’ll be laying down deck panels and pouring the bridge deck,” Crane said. “Motorists should be able to see the new structure in a couple of weeks.”
Although there haven’t been any closures during morning and evening rush hours, the construction activity and lane shifts on U.S. 36 have slowed down commuters.
“For us, it hasn’t been too bad because we don’t do a lot of driving on the highway,” said Matt Harvey, manager of Domino’s Pizza in Louisville. “But we have noticed the dinner rush starting later because it’s taking people longer to get home.”
Cherryvale Road remains closed to motorists and bicyclists.
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