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Bridge demolition over I-25/Cimarron interchange finishes early, traffic reopens

By: Chhun Sun
November 6, 2016 Updated: November 6, 2016 at 3:46 pm
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Crews work Sunday, November 6, 2016 to remove debris left behind from the demolition of the Interstate 25 bridge over U.S. 24 and Cimarron Street. The area was expected to be closed until 5 a.m. Monday but crews worked “both efficiently and safeley” to complete the project early, said Dave Watt, the Colorado Department of Transportation project manager. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

The removal of the Interstate 25 bridge over U.S. 24 and Cimarron Street was completed Saturday night, prompting officials to reopen the intersection and the on- and off-ramps one day ahead of schedule.

The area was expected to be closed until 5 a.m. Monday, but crews worked "both efficiently and safely" to complete the project early, said Dave Watt, the Colorado Department of Transportation project manager, in a statement.

"We know the temporary closure of the U.S./Cimarron Street was an inconvenience for the traveling public," he added, "so it's a bonus the work was completed earlier than originally expected."

With the demolition of the I-25 bridge, the project moves into its second phase, which includes new traffic signals and signs on Cimarron, landscaping, pedestrian bridges over Upper Fountain Creek and Monument Creek and pavement, realignment, bridge and ramp work on northbound I-25.

The $113-million project is expected to be completed by fall 2017.

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