Projects on Rifle’s Centennial Parkway Bridge, Third Street to begin over next few months

Two major projects within Rifle should be starting within the next few months, the city announced in a Dec. 15 news release.

Construction on the Centennial Parkway Bridge is slated to commence in January 2021, while reconstruction efforts on Railroad Avenue and Third Street should commence after the city awards a bid contract in February 2021.

“The Centennial Parkway Bridge is the old Highway 6 Bridge that crosses Rifle Creek,” the release states. “The bridge was constructed circa 1958 and the decking is in need of replacement. The project will require the closure of the bridge while being replaced. Construction crews will begin mobilizing in December, but closures will not take place until after the holidays on January 4th, 2021.”

The release states that the bridge will remain closed until its completion, scheduled for April. Local traffic should use Second Street as an alternative route. All commercial traffic shall use Interstate 70 exit 87 then proceed to the Highway 13 bypass.

For reconstruction plans for Railroad Avenue and Third Street, the successful bidder will be meeting with business owners to create a detailed schedule that best mitigates impacts to businesses.

“Third Street will have small quarter and half block closures to allow installation of utilities, but businesses will remain open throughout the construction,” the release states. “Please don’t let the construction be a deterrent to continual support of our local businesses.”

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