Highway 85 bridge repainting to affect traffic once temperatures rise

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — The bridge at Highway 85 and Highway 7 will be repainted in a brown scheme when the weather warms up. Council awarded a $156,890 bid to Coblaco Services Inc. for the project in a 7-0 vote during its Jan. 15 council meeting. 

Streets and Fleets Director Joe Smith said because the bridge is fairly old, there it has lead paint and there are also some pretty stiff environmental requirements in removing the paint. The fact that the bridge has lead paint on it has caused the cost of the project to double.

Smith said a lot of enclosures will be involved. He said workers will have to strip the paint off the bridge and collect it in drums with a safety official on site during the work.

The project will begin when the weather warms up, between 50 and (ideally) 70 degrees in the morning hours, Smith said. He also said there will be disruptions to traffic.

According to Smith, only one lane on each side of the birdge will be closed, given the difficulty of shifting traffic in the roundabout. Workers will complete the project in four pieces.

“It won’t be closed the whole time,” he said. “It will just be when they’re doing activities they can’t drop on the cars below.”

Included in the bid is $69,634 for the painting, $44,083 for the widening at Bridge Street, $38,173 for the widening of North 11th Avenue and $5,000 for truck route signage. Smith said a lot of the funding for this project comes from project saving on other projects.