County has to replace bridge into RV park

       A failing 59-year-old bridge into the Fountain Creek RV Park is planned for replacement by El Paso County Transportation crews this year.
       The Board of County Commissioners agreed this week to a plan in which 80 percent of the estimated $683,000 cost of a new Golden Lane bridge will be funded through a federal grant. “It's a pretty good deal,” said County Commissioner/Westsider Sallie Clark.
       County Transportation recommended replacement based on a study that gave the bridge, located near 31st Street and Colorado Avenue, an overall 44.8 percent sufficiency rating. Typically, engineers recommend replacement for bridges that are under 50 percent. A Transportation Department report states that the timber/steel structure, built in 1950, has “rusted outside steel girders, rusted steel floor beams, cracked timber stringers, cracked and rotted timber piling, and exposed footing at [the] south abutment.”
       Dennis Barron of County Transportation said the department intends to bid out the project by summer and build the span sometime in the second half of the year. “Construction will probably take from four to six months, but that's just a guess right now without having done the design work,” he explained.
       The Golden Lane bridge, about 50 feet long and not wide enough for two cars, is at the south end of Golden Lane Road, in an unincorporated enclave within the city. Starting from the avenue, the road goes about one block - between the Taco Bell and McDonald's restaurants, across the bridge over Fountain Creek and into the RV park.
       With the bridge providing the park's only entrance or exit, Dennis Barron of County Transportation said he expects that some alternate access will be provided during construction. Gary Johnson, park manager, said he trusts that will be the case.
       The park has 95 RV sites, 7 tent sites and 3 cabins.

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