A map shows a planned 2-mile closure of Colo. 257 from U.S. 34 Business to Crossroads Boulevard. (Courtesy/Colorado Department of Transportation)
A highway between Greeley and Windsor will close for 20 days next month for major bridge repairs.
From 7 a.m. on Sept. 5 through 7 p.m. on Sept. 25, Colo. 257 from north of U.S. 34 Business to south of Crossroads Boulevard will close to through traffic, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Significant delays are expected.
Drivers are advised to plan ahead and seek alternate routes. Signs will guide drivers along suggested detour routes. The local detour will direct drivers to the west of the closure, using U.S. 34, Weld County Road 17 and Crossroads Boulevard.
Commercial traffic will be guided to use either U.S. 34, 83rd Avenue, Weld 64 1/2, Weld 64 3/4 and Eastman Park Drive to the east or U.S. 34, Weld 17, Crossroads Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard to the west due to size and weight restrictions on local roads.
Access to businesses and adjacent properties will be maintained from either side of the bridge, less than 1/2 a mile south of Crossroads Boulevard.
Crews will work extended hours and some weekends to complete the project as quickly as possible, according to CDOT. Planned work includes extensive repairs to the bridge supports and deck, replacing railing and paving the bridge.
CDOT and Coulson Excavating Company are improving nearly 5 miles of the highway between U.S. 34 Business and Walnut Street in Windsor. More than 75% of the planned work is complete, including the reconstruction of Colo. 257 between Walnut Street and Eastman Park Drive.
Northbound Colo. 257 between Crossroads Boulevard and Poudre Trail Drive reopened Thursday after a four-week closure.
CDOT said the project will provide a smoother driving surface and increase the highway’s longevity. Improvements at the Crossroads Boulevard intersection add a second eastbound left turn lane to northbound Colo. 257, and safety improvements include new guardrail, roadside delineators and rumble strips.
The project is on schedule for completion this fall, according to CDOT.
For more information, call the project hotline at (970) 776-5580, email email@example.com or sign up for text alerts by texting “257” to 866-762-3640.