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Repair on county road 49 to begin this week

Posted on 05/13/2020
Repair on county road 49 to begin this week

A project designed to enhance safety, stability and efficiency on Weld County Road (WCR) 49 will begin this week after the Weld County Board of Commissioners approved repairs in between the rails of the Union Pacific Railroad crossing north of WCR 54.

North and south bound traffic near the railroad has been reduced to two lanes after deterioration of the railroad’s concrete panels between the concrete and asphalt roadway. Staff from the Department of Public Works met with officials from Union Pacific Railroad to examine the problem, and the recommendation was made to replace the 18” asphalt section with an expansion joint which will create a stronger connection between the concrete panels and the roadway. The expansion joint will also allow the new 11” concrete roadway room to expand and contract during the summer and winter months.

“Since it opened in 2018, county road 49 has been a tremendous success providing the public with a safe and efficient way to travel north and south throughout Weld County,” Weld County Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman said. “As more and more people continue to utilize the road, maintenance projects like this one will occasionally be necessary. We believe this solution is a quick and effective way to ensure that the road continues to meet the demands of travelers now and in the future.”

Union Pacific Railroad will replace the damaged rail panels and Weld County crews will be working with TLM Constructors of Greeley to remove the existing asphalt and ensure the subgrade is stable prior to the installation of the expansion joint. The $43,717 project is being paid for using funds from the Department of Public Works’ 2020 budget.

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