January now seen for start of Cimarron bridge demo

       In a November presentation to the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), City Engineer Cam McNair said it was possible that demolition of the Cimarron-Conejos bridge could start this month. This date is now being pushed back to January, as the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) waits for demolition plan agreement from the Union Pacific Railroad - whose tracks go under the Cimarron bridge - and decides whether to contract with Rockrimmon Constructors for development of the new bridge, according to Robin Kidder, city senior civil engineer.
       He said the railroad agreement is expected within two weeks. Rockrimmon Constructors has informally agreed with the city and RTA to take on the bridge replacement job because of its readiness and proximity as the contractor on the COSMIX I-25 widening project. The RTA worked out a deal with Rockrimmon Constructors in September to design the new bridge up to a 30 percent level by the end of this year, after which the RTA board will decide on a contractor. It is still not certain if Rockrimmon will be the recommended choice, according to Kidder.
       The next regular monthly meeting of the RTA board will be Jan. 10. The RTA is a regional agency, using elected local government officials and their staff in organizing transportation expenditures from a 1-cent sales tax.
       The plan remains to have the new south half of the bridge open for four lanes of traffic by “mid-summer,” Kidder said.
       The Union Pacific has already approved the bridge construction plan, which included two changes meeting its needs. These were to leave room for an additional set of tracks in the future (thus making the bridge slightly longer) and to make the new bridge two feet higher (23 feet) to allow greater clearance for trains. This in turn increases the grade slightly, Kidder said.

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