DENVER (CBS4) – Construction crews are working to put a new bridge and interchange at Interstate 70 and Pecos Street into place, and the project is drawing a crowd.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation have the entire interstate closed from Interstate 25 to Federal Boulevard, and major detours are in place. Drivers are encouraged to take Highway 6 and Interstate 76 as alternative routes.

The new concrete bridge was built at a “bridge farm” and was being moved into to its permanent location on Saturday. Engineers cut down on the length of time of the closure by not building the bridge on site.

“It is a big deal for drivers, but it’s a lot better to close I-70 for 50 hours as opposed to multiple times,” state bridge engineer Joshua Laipply told CBS4 on Friday.

The work on I-70 should be wrapped up in time for the Monday morning commute. The interstate will be open, but Pecos Street will remain closed as construction continues.

The project was financed by vehicle registration fees.


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