Photo essay: What happened while the Fillmore/I-25 bridge was closed Aug. 21-24It took closing the Fillmore Street bridge for the weekend, but motorists Monday, Aug. 24 found new pavement between the old bridge and about 40 feet east of the Chestnut Street stoplight.
Although probably not noticeable to motorists, the weekend work by SEMA Construction also realigned the grade (before the paving occurred) to reduce the steepness starting up the Fillmore Hill.
Still to be accomplished is aligning the grade/pavement up to the new south bridge, which was built this summer. It was intentionally constructed about 4 feet higher than the old bridge to lessen the Fillmore Hill grade even more. Until it opens - expected sometime after Labor Day weekend - it can be paved without affecting traffic, and this will probably occur over the next couple of weeks, according to Ted Tjerandsen of Wilson & Company, a project consultant for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
The Fillmore interchange is scheduled for closure again this weekend (9 p.m. Friday night, Aug. 28 to 5 a.m., Monday, Aug. 31) for paving work on the east side of the old and new bridges. The interstate will remain open.
Over the Aug. 21-24 weekend, a total of 1,400 cubic yards of dirt was hauled in by trucks, Tjerandsen said. At 15 yards per load, this works out to nearly 100 truck deliveries during the weekend work. After the dirt was compacted, 1,200 tons of asphalt were laid over the top of it, he said.
The work was accomplished with various types of heavy equipment, involving mostly 15-man crews working around the clock on 12-hour shifts from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, when the bridge was closed, until 3:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, when the paving was completed, he said. The bridge was open to traffic by 5 a.m. Aug. 24.
Simplifying the dirt/paving process, the Martin Marietta asphalt company is just up the street, off Fillmore and Centennial Boulevard. "It was very, very nice to have it so close,” Tjerandsen said. Other interstate projects “get pretty remote, and time becomes a factor.”
Contracted to SEMA for $15.1 million, the Fillmore/I-25 interchange project is tentatively planned for completion in June 2016.
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