Friday, June 26, 2020

New Bridge at 16 Road and Q.5 Will Soon Open

Progress continues on the MESA-16-Q.5 Bridge and Road Improvement Project.
The new bridge on 16 Road and Q.5, which spans over the Highline Canal, is expected to open in the next couple of weeks after paving has been completed.

The new bridge on 16 Road and Q.5 will soon be paved.
The new bridge replaces one built in 1975 that became functionally obsolete and posed a great danger to motorists due to alignment issues. The bridge is located west of Fruita, Colorado, and serves local farms, ranches, and the energy industry. With an average daily traffic volume of 224 per day (frequently peaking at 300) in 2018, it was imperative to replace the bridge and construct a new one to flatten the horizontal curve at the location to prevent further crashes and fatalities from happening.

The MESA-16-Q.5 Bridge and Road Improvement Project consists of approximately 1,500 linear feet of roadway, and 60 feet of new bridge.
The project removed a dangerous curve and created a safe crossing over the Bureau of Reclamation’s Highline Canal.  The project consists of approximately 1,500 linear feet of roadway, and the new bridge is about 60 feet. Due to the oil and gas activity in the area, the project was eligible to be partially funded by the Energy Impact Fund.

The new bridge allows motorists to safely cross over the Bureau of Reclamation’s Highline Canal.
 Mesa County was awarded a 50-50 grant from the Department of Local Affairs, Energy Impact Program, on a $1,663,449.00 contract with Con-Sy Inc., a local firm.

The old bridge, constructed in 1975, posed a great danger to motorists due to alignment issues.
The old bridge location caused the road to approach on a sharp curve and has been the site of multiple traffic accidents, including some fatalities. A new bridge at this location was critical.

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