Highway 13 closure planned for end of March
The Colorado Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday a full closure of state Highway 13 near Craig planned for Wednesday, March 30.
The closure is expected to stretch from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in order to give CDOT and its contractor partner, New Design Construction, time to advance necessary repairs on the Highway 13 bridge over the Yampa River in Moffat County.
The Yampa River Bridge repair project began in July 2015 and is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 18. Project work on the highway runs from mile point 85.715 to 85.94, south of Craig.
Work on the project includes bridge joint replacement, bridge rail replacement, installation of new columns and pier caps, and guide bank reconstruction. The completed project will significantly extend the useful life of the bridge.
CDOT recommends the following alternate routes during the closure:
If traveling from the south on Highway 13, turn right onto County Road 107 and take it to Fourth Street. Take a right and continue five blocks east. Then take a left on Highway 13 North/Yampa Street.
If traveling from the north, east or west, turn south on Highway 13 and take a left on First Street. Head east and turn right at Ranney Street/County Road 394/County Road 107 and stay on it to Highway 13 south of the bridge.
Alternate routes are advised to avoid the work area, as traffic will not be allowed to pass through during the one-day closure. Construction will resume regular operations on March 31. Regular working hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speeds will be reduced to 35 mph during working hours, and there will be no width restrictions in place.
For project updates, email YampaRiverBridge@gmail.com or call the project hotline at 970-306-4549.
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