Cimarron Street Bridge
Project Description: The Cimarron Bridge was included in the designated list of capital improvement projects for the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) approved by voters in November 2004. The original schedule for replacement of the bridge over the railroad was for design/construction in 2009/2010.
On August 9, 2006, a hole in the concrete deck on the south half (eastbound lanes) of the Cimarron Street Bridge was reported and that portion of the roadway was closed to traffic. After detailed inspection of the bridge, emergency repairs were made to the north half of the bridge so traffic could continue to cross the bridge in one lane in each direction while under load restrictions of 5 tons maximum. The significant deterioration of the bridge deck accelerated the need to replace the entire bridge.
On August 27, 2007, City Council accepted staff’s recommendation to completely close Cimarron Bridge for the initial phase of its reconstruction. Recent inspection reports recommended that the closure occur before the start of this winter’s freeze-thaw cycles, which would cause further deterioration of the deck. The Cimarron Bridge closed on Nov. 1, 2007 and remained closed until May 15, 2008 when a partial opening to four lanes of traffic occurred. Completion of the outside auto lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks continued through September 2008.
Project Construction Schedule:
- Phase 1 - through May 22, 2008 (partial opening)
- Phase 2 - through September 8, 2008 (completion)
Budget: $8.57M (Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority funding)
Construction: Lawrence Construction
Project Managers: Robin Kidder - City Engineering; Dino Bakkar - City PPRTA