|1/31/2013||CDOT says construction to start on Hwy. 67 bridge|
The Colorado Department of Transportation has reached a preliminary agreement with a highway construction firm to replace a bridge on Highway 67 between Wetmore and Florence.
The 60-year-old bridge, located about five miles north of Wetmore, was heavily damaged and closed to traffic as a result of heavy rains in late July 2012.
The 11-mile stretch of highway was closed for several days until a temporary detour was installed at the site.
CDOT says a preliminary contract has been awarded to the Lawrence Construction Co. of Littleton, which installed the detour. The firm was one of five firms bidding on the job.
The cost to replace the bridge, stabilize the drainage channel, install new asphalt and guardrails and perform related work is expected to be $1,060,000.
CDOT officials told the Tribune that the contract is expected to be formally approved in early February. Work should begin in mid-March, and the project should be completed by July 3.
The current detour now in place will continue to handle traffic during the construction phase, and few major delays are anticipated when work gets underway.
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