Bridge repairs on I-70 to continue through Thursday night

I-70 road work

DENVER — Traffic on two Denver interstates was expected to be impacted Thursday after the Colorado Department of Transportation ordered emergency repairs on a pair of bridges near Wheat Ridge.

According CDOT, two I-70 bridges — one eastbound bridge that goes over Clear Creek just east of Wadsworth Boulevard, and one westbound bridge that goes over Harlan Street — were in need of emergency repair on Thursday, with bridge expansion joints reportedly causing the issues.

Both of those bridges are near where I-70 intersects with I-76, and traffic on I-70 westbound was down to one lane as of 1 p.m. Thursday, due to the repair work. CDOT had planned on stopping work during the rush hour, but has instead decided to keep working.

Westbound I-70 will be reduced to one lane as repairs continue.

When asked about the reasons for the repair work, CDOT said there is heavy truck traffic on both stretches of I-70, and that it seems likely that the bridges may have buckled under the consistent pressure.