The 16-mile project from Johnstown to Fort Collins started in 2018 and construction will continue into 2023. Miles Blumhardt, email@example.com
North Fort Collins drivers received a surprise Monday when the new $4.9 million Vine Drive bridge over Interstate 25 opened several weeks earlier than planned.
The opening of the bridge also means the east and west I-25 frontage roads are open.
The new bridge is more than double the width of the old one, which was built in 1966, and includes left-turn lanes at the frontage roads. The Colorado Department of Transportation project, which started with demolishing the bridge in May, also included new shoulders and sidewalks on Vine Drive over the interstate and higher clearance over I-25.
“Opening the Vine Drive bridge as soon as possible was a priority for our team,” Chris Boespflug, CDOT resident engineer, said in a release. “With limited connections over I-25 and several at-grade railroad crossings in the area, we understand the importance of this transportation corridor.”
Crews still need to install guardrail, complete seeding the disturbed area, place signs, erect fences and remove temporary barrier walls, which will require intermittent daytime lane closures on Vine Drive, the frontage road and I-25.
Sidewalks on the bridge will remain closed through mid- to late December.
For additional project information, call the hotline at 970-541-8955 or visit https://www.codot.gov/projects/vine-drive-bridge-replacement.
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