Bridge ready for repair

Pine Street work, detours could last until Thanksgiving

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— Structural repairs to a bridge on Pine Street are scheduled to begin this week.

Jim Weber, public works director for the city of Steamboat Springs, said local company Duckels Construction, Inc., has been contracted to repair the bridge between Ninth and 11th streets, a process that is scheduled to take 120 days.

"We're optimistic that the work will be done before Thanksgiving," Weber said.

Tasks including setting up traffic control, erosion control and "minor work in and around Pine Street" will begin this week, Weber said.

"The full brunt of construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Sept. 5," he said. "That will lead to some road closures and detours in the area."

The Colorado Department of Transportation, or C-DOT, inspects bridges throughout the state every other year, as a courtesy to most municipalities, Weber said.

During a 2004 inspection, C-DOT officials informed the city that there were structural deficiencies including "significant cracking and sagging underneath the bridge," according to Weber.

City officials reduced the load limit on the bridge to 10 tons the weight is posted on a sign near the bridge, which is on a one-way section of Pine Street and applied for a federal construction grant in 2005.

Weber said the city received $285,000, and began designing repairs last year.

The bridge's primarily residential use eased some of the city's concerns, Weber said.

"Based on where the bridge is located on Pine Street, we don't have an excessive number of heavy vehicles crossing it," he said.

C-DOT engineers recommended lowering the load limit to 10 tons, which Weber said is "more than enough" to handle any residential or private vehicles on the street.

"We've been keeping an eye on it and monitoring it," he said. "We were not excessively concerned."

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