Highway 14 Closed For Bridge Replacement Tonight
Highway 14 east of Fort Collins and west of Ault is going to be closed for a while so a bridge can be replaced. Starting tonight at midnight (Tuesday night, June 11th) Highway 14 will be closed for 28 days. That's until Tuesday, July 10th. The Colorado Department of Transportation will have a detour in place.
The bridge replacement is over the Coal Bank Creek, located three miles west of Ault and east of the I-25 intersection at mile marker 149. The 24/7 detour will require motorists to use State Highway 257, State Highway 392, and US 85 so crews can build a new bridge and reconstruct the roadway.
The bridge is being replaced with a wider and higher structure that meets current standards. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation:
Originally built in 1935, the existing bridge is structurally deficient and warrants replacement as a part of the Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE), which is part of the Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER) legislation. The bridge is being replaced with a wider and higher structure that meets current standards. So far, crews have widened the roadway, installed new storm drainage piping, and relocated utility lines. Many Colorado bridges are in poor condition, and by replacing the Coal Bank Creek bridge, CDOT will create a safer trip for drivers in addition to improving drainage through the area.
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