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Old 04-04-2012, 06:13 PM
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Jefferson County is going to repair the bridge over Bear Creek on Meyers Gulch Road this summer. Below is an image of a satellite view of the location of the bridge.


On April 3rd they held an open house at the KCA building to explain all about the project and answer any questions. We expect that at some point in the near future we will have one or more Jeffco officials answer your questions and address your concerns right here in this thread.

At the open house, the following Jeffco Transportation and Engineering department officials gave me their business cards:

Mark Winnen, Construction Manager
Micheal Vanatta, Assistant Director/Preconstruction Engineer
Maria D'Andrea, Traffic/Transportation Engineer
Dixie Shear, Resident Engineer
Shannon Felker, Associate Civil Engineer
Seth Plas, Associate Civil Engineer

We also had two officials from Evergreen Metro Distric; they have a sewer line that runs under the bridge and is not to be interrupted, so they are interested parties to this project:

Marc RosenBerg, Collections and Distributions Manager
Dave Lighthart, Operations Manager

Daniel Bechtold from Lonco, Inc. was there, his firm designed the new bridge.

The bridge is at the top of the list of structurally deficient bridges in Jefferson county. The reason is that the two outside concrete girders are decomposing. The bridge is about 45 years old. The decomposition is due to de-icing chemicals running off the road and over the concrete. The inside concrete girders are in good shape and are not going to be replaced. Below is an image of the condition of the bridge, with close-up insets to see the damaged sections.


The scope of the project will be to remove the outside girders, and replace them with new ones, widen the bridge somewhat, and cover the entire width with new concrete. Below is an image of a cross section of the existing bridge, and a cross section of the repaired and improved bridge.


The time frame is thus: Solicitations for bids go out on Monday April 9th. They expect to select a contractor from the bids in mid May, and to commence construction in mid June. The project is expected to take about 4 months. The cost is expected to be about $350,000. The funding for the project comes from Colorado's FASTER funds program. Below is an image explaining that program.


During construction, northbound Meyers Gulch Road is expect to remain open most of the time. Southbound Meyers Gulch Road will be closed to all traffic during the entire construction period. There will be a detour for southbound traffic of Avenue F to Columbine Trail. All southbound traffic will use this detour. Below is an image of the detour route most of the time.


There will be periods where the entire bridge is closed to through traffic and all Meyers Gulch Road traffic will be using the detour. When they say "special events", they aren't referring to the Rodeo or Canyonfest, they are referring to times when they may need to keep all traffic away such as when working with a large crane. Below is an image of the detour route when the entire bridge is closed.


Normal neighborhood traffic was measured at 300 vehicles per day on a weekday at Columbine Trail near Meyers Gulch Road. Traffic on Meyers Gulch Road was measured at 1,380 vehicles per day. That was split roughly evenly between northbound and southbound, so the detour is expeted to handle an additional 700 or so vehicles per day, more than tripling the traffic on the detour route.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:14 PM
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For high resolution images and PDFs of the above images, go to the News page to download them.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:30 PM
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thank you jeff for the information. not sure how many residents are aware of the scope of this project.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:10 AM
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Exclamation Update!

Here is an update of the timeline for construction and detours:

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Myers Gulch Road over Bear Creek
Bridge Repair Project

Jeff,

It looks like our contractor Technology Constructors, Inc. (TCI) will be mobilizing onto the site Thursday, June 21st. Then on Monday 6-25-12 you can expect the road closed down to one lane with flaggers alternating traffic through the site. Two way traffic will then resume during the night hours. This work will go on until July 12, 2012 when the detour is expected to be installed directing south bound Myers Gulch Road traffic through Ave F and Columbine Trail. If you have any questions please feel free to call or e-mail me.

Sincerely,

Mark Winnen
Construction Manager
Jefferson County Government
Transportation & Engineering Division
100 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 3500
Golden, Colorado 80419-3500

Office: 303-271-8495
Direct: 303-271-8483
e-mail: mwinnen@jeffco.us
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:27 PM
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Here is another update I received on 7/6/12:

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From: Analiese Hock <ahock@co.jefferson.co.us>
To: "'secretary@kittredgecivic.org'" <secretary@kittredgecivic.org>
Cc: Mark Winnen <mwinnen@co.jefferson.co.us>, "'president@kittredgecivic.org'" <president@kittredgecivic.org>, Dixie Shear <dshear@co.jefferson.co.us>
Subject: Construction Update - Myers Gulch Road over Bear Creek Bridge Repair
Date: Jul 6, 2012 10:23 AM

Good Morning Jeff Zepp,

Please pass on the following information to the residents of Kittredge and any other affected people.

Project Update: To date, Technology Constructors has mobilized to the site and cleared the work area of overgrown trees. They have installed Ready Rock block walls at all four corners of the bridge as part of the wing wall extensions. Century Link began to relocate the fiber optics lines attached to the east side of the bridge so the demolition and new girder can be installed.

Starting July 9, crews will install a support system for the existing sanitary sewer line underneath the bridge to protect it from damage during the demolition and repairs. Work will begin on the east half of the bridge deck as the outermost girder is demolished and other concrete repairs are made. Two sanitary sewer manholes located on with either end of the bridge will be abandoned as part of this work.

As crews begin work on the bridge, southbound Myers Gulch Road traffic will be routed through Avenue “F” to Columbine Trail; northbound traffic will still be able to use Myers Gulch Road. Because of the limited area for wide-turning vehicles and narrow lanes on Avenue “F” and Columbine Trail, LARGE TRUCKS AND TRAILERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE THE SOUTHBOUND DETOUR – drivers are advised to find an alternate route using US 285 and Parmalee Gulch. Please drive safely through the project site and the detour route. There will be additional STOP signs posted at the intersections of Avenue “F” / Columbine Trail, and Center Drive / Columbine Trail.

A map of the detour route along with the FOR Construction plans are attached.

The construction project is set to end on September 30, 2012.

Should you have any questions regarding the specifics of the project, please contact Mark Winnen at the Jefferson County Transportation Division at 303-271-8495 or mwinnen@jeffco.us.

Project updates and photos can be found on the Transportation and Engineering website: http://jeffco.us/highways/highways_T48_R56.htm

Thank you for your patience during this much needed bridge repair project!

Analiese Hock
Administrative Assistant
Jefferson County
Transportation & Engineering Division
Phone: 303-271-8480
ahock@co.jefferson.co.us
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Another update:

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We would like to update you and the community that there will be a full bridge closure on Monday, July 23, 2012, starting at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 3:30 p.m. I have attached the press release and detour route map. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information.



Thank you,

Mechelle Huckaby

Administrative Assistant

Jefferson County

Transportation & Engineering Division

(303) 271-8461

mhuckaby@jeffco.us
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Here is a copy and paste of the word doc I received:

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July 18, 2012

Press Release
Bridge Closure, Myers Gulch Road in Kittredge

Jefferson County’s contractor, Technology Constructors, is currently mobilized on the Myers Gulch Road over Bear Creek to repair and widen the bridge south of SH 74. This is expected to continue through September 30, 2012.
There will be a full bridge closure on Monday, July 23, 2012, starting at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 3:30 p.m., so that an old girder can be removed with a crane. All traffic that is northbound and southbound on Myers Gulch Road will be detoured west of the bridge via Columbine Trail and Avenue “F”.
No large semi-tractor trucks or larger trailers will be allowed through the detour due to the narrow roads and sharp turns. Alternate routes are advised using US 285 to Parmalee Gulch, or SH 74 in Evergreen. Passenger vehicles, trucks and delivery vans will be allowed through the detour.
Be prepared to stop as traffic is staged through the detour.
Contact Mark Winnen or Dixie Shear at Jefferson County with questions (303) 271-8495.

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Here is another update I received today:

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TRANSPORTATION & ENGINEERING DIVISION
100 JEFFERSON COUNTY PARKWAY, SUITE 3500
GOLDEN, COLORADO 80419-3500
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July 25, 2012

Press Release
Bridge Closure, Myers Gulch Road in Kittredge

Jefferson County’s contractor, Technology Constructors, is currently mobilized on the Myers Gulch Road over Bear Creek to repair and widen the bridge south of SH 74. This is expected to continue through September 30, 2012.
There will be a full bridge closure on Monday, July 30, 2012, starting at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 3:30 p.m., so that a new girder can be installed with a crane. All traffic that is northbound and southbound on Myers Gulch Road will be detoured west of the bridge via Columbine Trail and Avenue “F”.
No large semi-tractor trucks or larger trailers will be allowed through the detour due to the narrow roads and sharp turns. Alternate routes are advised using US 285 to Parmalee Gulch, or SH 74 in Evergreen. Passenger vehicles, trucks and delivery vans will be allowed through the detour.
Be prepared to stop as traffic is staged through the detour.
Contact Mark Winnen or Dixie Shear at Jefferson County with questions (303) 271-8495.
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Another full closure:

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Bridge Closure, Myers Gulch Road in Kittredge
Jefferson County’s contractor, Technology Constructors, is currently mobilized on the Myers Gulch Road over Bear Creek to repair and widen the bridge south of SH 74. This is expected to continue through September 30, 2012.
There will be a full bridge closure on Monday, August 20, 2012, starting at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 3:30 p.m., so that the existing girder on the west side of the bridge can be removed and a new girder installed with a crane. All traffic that is northbound and southbound on Myers Gulch Road will be detoured west of the bridge via Columbine Trail and Avenue “F”.
No large semi-tractor trucks or larger trailers will be allowed through the detour due to the narrow roads and sharp turns. Alternate routes are advised using US 285 to Parmalee Gulch, or SH 74 in Evergreen. Passenger vehicles, trucks and delivery vans will be allowed through the detour.
Please note that the local area schools will also be back in session on this day. Watch for students traveling to and from school.
Be prepared to stop as traffic is staged through the detour.
Contact Mark Winnen or Dixie Shear at Jefferson County with questions (303) 271-8495.
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Just got this today, only one day's notice:

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There will be a full bridge closure on Friday, August 24, 2012, starting at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 3:30 p.m., the contractor will be pouring the concrete deck on the west side of the bridge. All traffic that is northbound and southbound on Myers Gulch Road will be detoured west of the bridge via Columbine Trail and Avenue “F”.
No large semi-tractor trucks or larger trailers will be allowed through the detour due to the narrow roads and sharp turns. Alternate routes are advised using US 285 to Parmalee Gulch, or SH 74 in Evergreen. Passenger vehicles, trucks and delivery vans will be allowed through the detour.
Be prepared to stop as traffic is staged through the detour.
Contact Mark Winnen or Dixie Shear at Jefferson County with questions (303) 271-8495.
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