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Morning roundup: I-70 near Denver closed over the weekend

By: The Associated Press and The Gazette
July 19, 2013 Updated: July 19, 2013 at 9:43 am
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Motorists are being told to plan ahead for the closure of Interstate 70 over three days. Starting at 10 p.m. today July 19, and continuing until 5 a.m. Monday July 22, the Colorado Department of Transportation will close both directions of I-70 between Interstate 25 and Federal Boulevard for bridge work, according to a CDOT news release.




Grandstands set up for Colorado bridge move

DENVER (AP) — A plan to use a giant crawler to install a new bridge over Interstate-70 in Denver is drawing so much attention that the state Department of Transportation is setting up grandstands.

Around noon Saturday, a 2,400-ton bridge assembled nearby will be rolled into place to span the interstate highway.

The Denver Post says (http://tinyurl.com/l46t5xf) state officials are hoping there is no drama as the finished bridge rolls down the highway, but they're crossing their fingers. If all goes well, state officials say watching a turtle race would probably be more exciting.

The subcontractor Mammoet specializes in hoisting and transporting heavy objects over water and roads using self-propelled vehicles.


TODAY IN HISTORY
Grasshopper control crews at the municipal airport, spreading poison, under direction of Fred P. McKown, city forester, redoubled their efforts Monday as the infestation became more serious. Hoppers are more numerous at the airport now than at any time heretofore this summer, members of the control crews reported. The infestation is the second of the season, and still the pests are hatching.
A Rodeo Ticket Contest was announced Thursday by Phil Layton, Ranch Boss of the Chamber of Commerce Round Up Club, whose members are constantly making calls and signing up new C of C members. Bobbie Jo Spencer, “The Girl of the West,” and her aides Jan Phelps and Gale Lusk attended the breakfast meeting. Recognized for their outstanding work during the membership drive were Les Sletta and Bill Smartt.
- COLORADO SPRINGS PIONEERS MUSEUM


HAPPENINGS
-- Church Yard Sale to benefit The Home Front Cares, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., parking lot, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2111 Carlton Ave.
-- Puppets - Perfect Pets and Preposterous Prairie Dogs children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free.
-- A Whole Lot of Holes children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Rockrimmon Library Branch, 832 Village Center Drive, free.
-- Dino Dig children’s program, 10:30 a.m., Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., free.
-- 9th Annual First and Main Summer Concert Series with Jake Loggins Band, 5-7 p.m., First and Main Town Center, 3133 Cinema Point, free.
-- UVC Summer Concert Series, 6 p.m., University Village Colorado Shopping Center, 5230 N. Nevada Ave., free.
-- Tribe with Susan Rissman, 8 p.m., Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, free.
-- The Hideout Band, 8:30 p.m., Back East Bar and Grill, 9474 Briar Village Point, Suite 168.

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