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New bridge sensor technology in Ute Pass

By Bonnie Silkman , Weekend GMC Anchor / Reporter , bonnie.silkman@krdo.com
Published On: Apr 21 2014 02:10:23 PM CDT

Sensor Technology on Williams Canyon Bridge

UTE PASS, Colo. -

New state of the art technology is coming to Colorado for the very first time, and is being tested in southern Colorado. The project starts Monday.

That could mean even more delays on Highway 24.

"There is a lot going on 24 and that’s a good thing we want to provide a safer, more reliable Highway 24," said David Watt, with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The Williams Canyon Bridge has been selected as Colorado's very first testing site for new sensor technology

"This is new for Colorado and we think this is really going to help us monitor real=-time activity with the bridge. Bridges do move, that's OK, that's safe. It's to be expected but this will help us map our strategies to better maintain and monitor structures," said Watt.

The bridge is about 20 years old, and is in good condition.

That's why CDOT says it's a perfect spot to test the new equipment.

Once the new sensors are installed CDOT will be able to keep a close eye on the Williams Canyon Bridge, but not from here. They will be able to monitor the bridge's infrastructure, movement and load capacity from the headquarters in Denver.

This site could be the first of many more in Colorado.

"If this is successful we will be doing three other structures across the state as well," said Watt.

CDOT will have to wait for results, but officials are feeling hopeful about this new pilot program.

As for drivers, they may have to wait a little longer, too.

"We're working on the box culvert a little bit west of this structure. We think we've got the traffic in a good place this will be during the day, off peak hours. we think it's a good time for this testing equipment, we're looking forward to it," said Watt.

Starting Monday the right lane eastbound lane of Highway 24 will be closed near the west end of Manitou Springs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

CDOT said that work should last until Friday. 

CDOT will also be installing new expansion joints on the El Paso Boulevard-Fountain Creek Bridge.

For the next few days lanes will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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