Commuters in Mesa County may be using the new bridge crossing at 29 Road months earlier than originally anticipated. The Mesa County Engineering Department says good winter weather is helping contractors gradually inch further ahead on the bridge, one which will link an improved 20 Road on Orchard Mesa with a road in Grand Junction.
Mesa County Engineer Louie Dorlac says the good weather is allowing contractors to do several projects at once, and that's keeping the project three months ahead of schedule.
Wednesday, a backhoe was cutting away a coffer dam, as workers on the south bank are pumping concrete into one of the two remaining supports for the $10 million bridge project. The coffer dam diverted the river so crews could construct support piers for the center of the bridge.
5,000 cubic yards of concrete will go into making the Grand Valley's much–needed river crossing, and another 1,000 cubic yards will be poured for sidewalks, gutters, and storm drains on the rest of the project, which extends from Chipeta Golf Course to D Road.
From Highway 50 to Unaweep Avenue, Mesa County is spending $15 million, and is footing the bill for the entire project. Eventually it is planned that 29 Road will continue north to connect with Interstate 70. That will be a joint C-DOT-Mesa County project, but won't begin for some time.
For more on this project click the link below and then go to the engineering link and find the 29 Road Bridge Project picture.
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