The South Pratt Parkway Bridge was built in 1970 and is approaching the end of its useful life. The bridge is too narrow for the traffic volumes that cross it daily, classifying it as “functionally obsolete” per the Colorado Department of Transportation's biannual bridge reports.
The bridge replacement is happening concurrently with the larger project known as Resilient St. Vrain—a large-scale and long-term effort to protect people and property of the Longmont community by improving the St. Vrain Creek corridor and making the channel more resilient to future flooding.
Although the bridge is currently structurally adequate, upgrades such as expansion joint improvements and guard/bridge rail updates are needed. This bridge will be widened to safely carry traffic and to provide pedestrian/bike facilities along both sides of this collector roadway and connections to the St. Vrain Greenway trail. In addition, the new bridge will be designed to safely pass 100-year flood flows of the St. Vrain Creek, which the existing bridge does not do.
Design was completed during 2016. Utility relocation and tree removal began in early 2017, with construction on the bridge replacement anticipated to begin in late 2017. Once underway, construction is anticipated to take approximately one year to complete.
This project is a multi-agency partnership between the City of Longmont, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (CDHSEM).
Funding for this project comes from the City's 3/4-cent Street Fund sales and use tax, as well as from a FEMA pre-disaster mitigation grant. Cost for the bridge replacement project is projected to be $5 million.
News releases and status updates on the project will be shared on this page.
Project Manager Allan Bryning, Sr. Civil Engineer