113-year-old Denver bridge demolished, to be rebuilt for improved safety

113-year-old Denver bridge demolished, to be rebuilt for improved safety

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One of Colorado's oldest bridges will be getting demolished and then rebuilt soon. The bridge over South Platte River Drive, just south of Alameda, is 113 years old. 

The Colorado Department of Transportation and Ames Construction are moving the demolition equipment. The main issue is a guardrail hanging off the side of the bridge on the south side. The north side was renovated in April 2023. 

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The bridge over South Platte River Drive, just south of Alameda, is 113 years old.  CBS

Now, it's time to fix the south side so new lanes can be created for all types of vehicles. The lanes will include pedestrian access over the bridge. The hope is to improve the I-25 south Santa Fe Drive interchange and get rid of South Platte River Drive between Alameda and Cedar. 

Traffic will also be diverted to South Lipan Street which is north of Alameda. Along with this, the South Platte River Trail will include a 12-foot concrete trail and a four foot finely crushed stone trail. Crews will also install a water quality long and improve sidewalks on both sides of Alameda. 

Construction crews tell CBS News Colorado Traffic Reporter Brian Sherrod the biggest issue is constantly having to move those who are experiencing homelessness out of the site area.  

"We do deal with that on a regular daily basis actually," Zach Miller, Engineer with CDOT said. "On the weekends, they will be on our site and we have to kindly move them along and get them out of here. Obviously, it's not a safe place to be if you are not working on the project and the dangers. They like to be along the river, too."

The actual demolition of the bridge will be over the next three weeks. Contractors tell CBS News Colorado they will cut the bridge here deck and turn the deck into more manageable pieces for the demolition, sometime next week. 

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