Narraguinnep Canal replacement project now completed

CDOT replaces bridge structure, repaves approach

A new concrete box culvert, guardrail and pavement approach have been added at the Narraguinnep canal bridge. Enlargephoto

Colorado Department of Transportation

A new concrete box culvert, guardrail and pavement approach have been added at the Narraguinnep canal bridge.

The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Structures, Inc. have announced the completion of the Colorado Highway 184 Narraguinnep canal replacement project.

The job, which was located north of Cortez on Colorado 184 about 1 mile east of U.S. Highway 491, started in early November 2016.

CDOT and Structures removed the old, narrow and deteriorating timber bridge structure and replaced it with a concrete box culvert, installed new guardrail, and added a new approach to the structure. See attached photos.

“CDOT and the contractor appreciate the patience of the local residents and the traveling public during this extended project, as we encountered some weather related delays,” said Jason Voorhees, CDOT project engineer. “Projects scheduled during the winter months can be a challenge because you cannot always predict the inclement weather conditions of rain, snow and freezing temperatures that can halt construction.”

Voorhees added that despite the setback, the project remained within the $2 million budget.

To take advantage of the road closure CDOT maintenance crews also replaced an additional culvert at a separate location, approximately 1/5 of a mile east of U.S. 491. The maintenance operation took about a week to complete.