AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation reopened a big stretch of Interstate 225 on Sunday.
Crews installed a pedestrian bridge that weighs 600,000 pounds.
It will be a bridge to nowhere until the fall of 2016 when the I-225 light rail begins to roll. It was put in place at Florida Avenue during twin overnight closures over the weekend, but even after the bridge decking is poured in a few weeks it won’t be open.
“It’s still a construction area and for the safety of our workers and the safety of our public we do not allow folks to be near the bridge during construction,” Lisa Trujillo with the Regional Transportation District said.
When it is put into use, RTD’s 2020 forecast estimates the I-225 Aurora line will help serve almost 11,000 riders daily.
RTD says there will be more lane closures as they need to pour the bridge deck and install Plexiglas. Details on when are still being determined.
CDOT says 80,000 vehicles would typically travel through the closure area a day.