The Brush Creek project is located just off the boundary of the White River National Forest 5 miles from the Eagle Vail airport on US-6. The bridges spans over the Brush Creek River 120 ft. Due to the high demand of traffic for the airport and shopping RLW constructed a temporary bridge over the river and detoured traffic off of US-6 to construct the project without any delays to the traveling public.
The project was started on April and is scheduled for an on-time completion in November before the ski season commences. The project consisted of a full replacement of the aged 1934 existing structure and also included a 100’ box culvert just west of the bridge. The detour included construction of an 80’ temporary truss bridge with 23,000 CY of embankment and 4000 SY of temp of asphalt. The new single span bridge replaced the existing 3 span bridge by utilizing deep pile foundations pre drilled into bedrock and BT72 Girders to span the river and keystone block MSE walls to minimize wetland impacts. Once the detour was completed, RLW constructed the new bridge and box culvert along with 1800’ of roadway in less than 4 months.
RLW is excited to be working in the mountain regions of Colorado with Colorado Department of Transportation and looks forward to constructing similar projects in the area.