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Some closures expected during RTA's 25th Street bridge repairs

Getting started on the 25th Street bridge project Sept. 24, crews were removing excess vegetation around it.
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       Starting Sept. 24 and continuing for several weeks, the 25th Street bridge over Fountain Creek will be closed occasionally as repairs are made on it.
       The $106,000 project, contracted to the DRX company and overseen by City Engineering, is from the original Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) A-list that voters approved in 2004.
       Slated for attention are the bridge deck, timber sidewalk and stream banks; also, “obtrusive vegetation” will be removed, a press release states, adding that “the bridge will close for additional short periods throughout October to complete the repairs, and motorists will be notified of future dates.”
       The two-lane bridge, which gets relatively low amounts of traffic, connects 25th Street with Naegele Road, a frontage road between 21st and 25th.
       The bridge is also part of the on-street segment of the Midland Trail, which "will remain open during the project," according to city spokesperson Kim Melchor.
       The project represents a scope reduction from the '04 election, which had called for replacing the bridge, built in 1917, at an estimated cost of $350,000. But since then City Engineering has not found serious deterioration in the span; also, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced long-range Highway 24 widening plans that would eventually eliminate Naegele Road. The bridge could be removed at that time too, but CDOT has offered a second option of preserving it for nonmotorized use.
       As a result, city engineers - with approval from the RTA board (consisting of elected officials from the city and other participating government entities) - decided just to upgrade the existing structure for now. The work will add 10 to 20 years to its life, Mike Chaves of City Engineering has said.
       The RTA is funding the project from its “capital” revenues, drawn from the entity's 55-percent share of the 1-cent RTA sales tax.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 9/23/14, updated 9/25/14; Transportation: General)

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