Cimarron bridge demo underway, despite train/rain thwarting of weekend closure

       The announced bridge closure had to be cancelled last weekend, but demolition work has gotten underway on the Cimarron bridge over Conejos Street and the railroad tracks east of I-25.
       “Crews will wait until off-hours to remove girders by staging on Conejos rather than Cimarron Street in order to further minimize the impacts to traffic,” explains a press release from Bill Badger of demolition contractor Rockrim-mon Constructors. “With this new approach, demolition will likely extend through the end of March but the impacts to traffic will be fewer. Motorists can continue to expect occasional one-lane operations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Saturday, March 31.”
       The initial plan had been to close the bridge entirely from the evening of March 23 to the morning of March 26 so as to remove the girders and accomplish a significant portion of the demolition work.
       City Engineer Cam McNair explained why this didn't happen, in a presentation at the City Council meeting March 26. He described a scenario similar to ones previously reported by Rockrimmon Construc-tors when taking down the Bijou bridge over the tracks: On March 23, “a train came and parked under the bridge all afternoon,” McNair explained to Council. “And then the rains came.”
       According to Badger, the Cimarron work will occur in stages that ensure one lane of traffic each way - except when there are construction impacts - until completion of the new south-side bridge, which will allow four lanes.
       Design of the bridge is partially done, with south-side completion seen in spring 2008, followed by the new north side in fall 2008.

Westside Pioneer/press release