ALMA, COLORADO — A vital bridge structure on Colorado Highway 9 (CO 9), north of the town of Alma, is undergoing full replacement, which has led to a 7-day closure. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in collaboration with the prime contractor, CapitalTezak Joint Venture, initiated the closure on September 7th at 6 a.m. and it is slated to run continuously until September 14th at 6 a.m.
The closure is a part of the Region 2 Bridge Bundle project, initiated in 2022, aimed at modernizing and securing 17 aging structures across rural highway corridors in the state. The ongoing project is budgeted at $43 million and is expected to complete by late 2024.
The existing bridge structure at Mile Point 71.5, located between County Road 6 and County Road 4, was originally built in 1938. Deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, the bridge is now being replaced with an aluminum box culvert. The material expedites construction while also ensuring a lifespan of 100 years for the new structure.
During the closure period, all traffic will be rerouted through U.S. 24, CO 91, and I-70. According to CDOT, travelers can expect an additional 120 miles and approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes added to their journey. For up-to-date traffic information, you can visit COtrip.org.
Tips for Travelers and Tourists
- Plan Ahead: Before you leave, consult real-time traffic updates and plan your route accordingly.
- Observe Speed Limits: Construction zones have strict speed limits. Drive cautiously.
- Consider Off-Peak Travel: To minimize delays, consider traveling during non-peak hours.
- Local Attractions: For tourists, this might be an opportunity to explore alternate attractions in the state.
- Stay Informed: Keep an eye on variable message boards, signs, and other construction devices that are placed to guide motorists.