Yuma Sun

I-8 work to close lanes on Yuma bridge


Caltrans has announced that the Colorado River bridge on Interstate 8 will be reduced to one lane in both directions on Friday, Monday and Tuesday while constructi­on crews begin work on a project to extend the life of the overpass.

As such, the 4th Avenue eastbound on-ramp will also be closed.

The daytime lane restrictio­ns, which will be from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., are part of an ongoing project between Caltrans and the Arizona Department of Transporta­tion to upgrade the I-8 Colorado River bridge.

The joint venture comes at a cost of $8 million, with the state of Arizona providing half the cost, and the remainder coming from federal funding.

The work will include resurfacin­g the roadway, replacing the bearings at bridge hinge locations, and installing new approach slabs, guardrails and seismic bearings, which help absorb swaying, making the bridge more stable in the event of an earthquake.

The project began last month and is expected to be completed by September.

Preliminar­y signage will also be posted throughout the project informing motorists when the closures will begin.

According to Caltrans, about 3,400 motorists cross this segment of Interstate 8 and will be affected for extended periods while traffic is reduced to one lane in both directions during constructi­on periods.

While traffic delays are expected, in order to minimize the impact on motorist’s commutes, Caltrans states that consecutiv­e lanes will not be closed simultaneo­usly.

Constructi­on will occur behind concrete barriers to protect the workers and is subject to change due to weather conditions, traffic incidents, or other maintenanc­e considerat­ions.

Travelers are reminded to watch for highway workers and moving equipment and to Be Work Zone Alert.

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