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WCR 53 bridge replacement nearing completion

Posted on 03/01/2019
WCR 53 bridge replacement nearing completion

Six years after the massive 2013 flood, Weld County is ready to finish its last flood-related repair project – the replacement of the WCR 53 bridge near Kersey. 

“It’s great to see the last of the flood projects near completion,” said Commissioner Steve Moreno, coordinator for the Public Works Department. “We know the home stretch will be a bit tough for travelers but to know that the work will be done soon will hopefully make the upcoming closure a bit more bearable.”

Work on the WCR 53 bridge actually began in May 2018 as crews have been building the new bridge next to the existing bridge and are under contract to complete by May 31, 2019.

“It was imperative for the Board that the road stay open as long as possible through this replacement,” said Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer. “Now the bridge is built, and we are down to connecting the new roadway to the old roadway and then demolishing the existing bridge.”

In order to complete the final phase of this project, WCR 53 will have to be closed from March 25 through April 29.

Public Works staff has already been in contact with first responder agencies, including impacted fire districts, as well as the school district to keep them updated on not only the closure but detour routes.

During the closure dates, travelers will need to take either Hwy 34 or WCR 60/5 to either WCR 61 or the WCR 49 Parkway, depending on direction of travel. Message boards placed on Highway 34 and WCR 60.5 will also alert drivers to the closure.

“We want to thank everyone for their patience during this last phase of the project,” said Kirkmeyer. “We know if will be a hassle, but the end result will be a newer and stronger bridge ready to help get travelers safely to their destination.”