Adams County Transportation Crews today discovered structural damage to the county-maintained bridge on 124th Avenue that crosses the South Platte River. While the bridge had been inspected twice before following recent flooding, the water level had not receded enough to provide a clear view of the bridge’s sub-structure (i.e. foundation).
Following the recommendations of the consulting firm that inspected the bridge, traffic across the bridge is hereby restricted to vehicles weighing five tons or less (i.e. no vehicles larger than a pick-up truck or SUV). There is no safety risk for smaller vehicles crossing the bridge, but heavy vehicles are being detoured to avoid further damage to the structure. Vehicles exceeding five tons are required to follow the detour from 120th Avenue to Quebec, 128th Avenue, and 124th Avenue/Henderson Road. Detour signs posted at the bridge will be enforced by the Sheriff’s Office. School districts and emergency responders have been notified of the temporary weight restrictions.
Repairs to the 124th Avenue bridge are expected to take a minimum of three months. The county is currently gathering proposals from structural engineering firms and will begin repairs as soon as possible. Repairs to bridge may include the drilling of new caissons, inserting new pylons, and/or reinforcing the foundation with concrete.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as crews work as quickly as possible to secure and repair the 124th Avenue bridge. For more information, please contact the Adams County Transportation Department at 720.523.6821.