4-foot-wide ‘pothole’ forces bridge repairs

       The discovery of a large hole on the southern side of the Cimarron Street bridge deck spurred Colorado Springs to begin immediate repairs Aug. 9 and to announce the temporary closure of that side of the bridge.
       Responding to a call from a pedestrian Aug. 9, city officials found what they termed a “pothole,” three to four feet in diameter. “They could see through the structure,” reported city spokesperson John Leavitt.
       The city then closed the highway to eastbound traffic for the remainder of the day while repairs began.
       Leavitt estimated it will take about 30 days to complete the fix.
       While this work takes place, traffic over the normally four-lane bridge will be reduced to one lane each way, with traffic shifted to the northern side of the bridge.
       The bridge just east of I-25 was built over Conejos Street and the railroad tracks as part of the original interstate project in 1958, After structural weaknesses were identified in 2002, the city spent about $700,000 to shore it up. That work was completed in 2004, and city engineers pledged that it should hold up for the next 10 years. A replacement bridge, funded through the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA), is slated to go in before that time.
       Details about the cause of the pothole were not available at press time, but it “does not threaten the structural integrity of the bridge and is unrelated to work done in 2004 to improve the girders,” Leavitt added.

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