BRIGHTON -- Weight limits for vehicles are in place for the 124th Avenue bridge over the South Platte River.
Vehicles larger than five tons (basically vehicles larger than a pick-up truck or an SUV) have to take a detour from 120th Avenue to Quebec Street, 128th Avenue and 124th Avenue/Henderson Road.
Adams County officials made the announcement late in the afternoon Oct. 2. The culprit is the recent floods.
"While the bridge had been inspected twice before following recent flooding, the water level had not receded enough to provide a clear view of the bridge’s sub-structure (i.e. foundation)," officials said.
The restrictions also apply to school buses and emergency responders. Officials said it would be at least three months before repairs are finished.
"There is no safety risk for smaller vehicles crossing the bridge," the county said. "But heavy vehicles are being detoured to avoid further damage to the structure."
The county is gathering proposals from structural engineering firms and will begin repairs as soon as possible. Repairs to bridge may include the drilling of new caissons, inserting new pylons, and/or reinforcing the foundation with concrete.
Call the Adams County Transportation Department at 720.523.6821 with questions.