Taking Advantage of Warm Weather

Lots of action at the Big Easy helping us meet our goal of opening early fall…

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Dueling breaker bars slowly cut away bedrock to make room for the new highway alignment

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Slow going, but you can see the progress

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The future highway alignment can be seen in the distance

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Pouring the caisson cap for the new bridge

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The dry concrete in this photo is the top of the caisson, drilled over 40 feet deep!

Welch Ditch Preservation and Transformation

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The Welch Ditch is located just west of downtown Golden in Clear Creek Canyon. An historic landmark in Jefferson County, the irrigation system was constructed in the 1870’s and primary access has been closed since 2013 due to structural damage and rock falls. Jeffco Open Space is currently undergoing the process to convert the Welch Ditch into a trail that will connect the Peaks to Plains Trail with the Chimney Gulch Trail. Planning and design will begin in 2017.

Second and Third Bridges Installed

The second bridge at Cannonball East was installed overnight on March 15, and the third bridge at Cannonball West went in overnight on March 16. The construction equipment was staged on US 6 and required the overnight highway closure. Here’s to the successful bridge installations! Thank you to everyone involved.

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Cannonball East Bridge

Bridge 3 Install Cannonball West

Cannonball West Bridge

 

Bridge at Mayhem Gulch Installed

The bridge installation at Mayhem Gulch in Clear Creek Canyon yesterday was successful. The two halves of the bridge were first bolted together, then the two overlook platforms were bolted on, and finally the entire structure was lifted over Clear Creek and into place.

The bridge is not complete and does not have concrete decking. It cannot be walked upon and the Peaks to Plains Trail remains an active construction site.

The next bridge goes in tonight, and the third on Wednesday night. US 6 will be closed to allow for preparation for these two remaining bridges to be staged on the highway. The closures will occur Tuesday March 15 and Wednesday March 16 from 8 P.M. to 3 A.M. See more details about the closures and recommended detour.

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Bolting the two halves of the bridge together

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Bringing in the overlook platforms

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Lifting bridge over Clear Creek

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Final placement of the bridge