Open house tonight to discuss bridge work

The Colorado Department of Transportation is holding an open house tonight to talk about construction that will affect traffic on U.S. Highway 24 in the Ute Pass area.

Contractors will be replacing a 79-year-old concrete bridge on eastbound U.S. 24, on the east side of Cascade. Construction will start in mid-September and traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction for two weeks. Once construction begins, all traffic will be affected until the new bridge is in place.

Rock mitigation operations will also be taking place during the same timefame, reducing U.S. 24 to one lane in each direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The rock mitigation project is taking palce between Cascade and Manitou Springs.

For more information, go to theo pen house at Ute Pass Elemtnary School, 9230 Chipita Park Road in Chipita Park from 5 p.m. to 7 pm.

Representatives from cDOtw ill have display boards set up to provide details of the projects.

Work will also begin in Septmber to replace an old wooden bridge on Highway 67 north of Woodland Park and additional work will begin in October to replace a biridge on U.S. Highway 24 just west of Florissant.

Vehicle registration fees are paying for the $2 million project through the state’s FASTER program.