Union Pacific Railroad over Tejon Bridge Repairs
The repairs to the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge over Tejon Street, due to the cracks in the girders will begin at 6am on July 10th. South Tejon Street from Mill Street to Fountain Boulevard will be closed in both directions for Union Pacific’s bridge repair crew to repair the girders. Businesses in the area are open and can be accessed from the north or south of the bridge. It is anticipated that the repairs will be completed by Thursday July 12th.
The Union Pacific Railroad Bridge over Tejon Street is one of the oldest bridges in the City of Colorado Springs. Built in 1902, it is now over 110 years old. It also has a very low vertical clearance of 13’-0”. New bridges are currently built with a clearance of over 16’-0”. The City placed this bridge on the replacement list 2 years ago. The initial project phase is planned to be a study to develop a solution due to the complicated nature of the improvements, and need to partner with Union Pacific. This project is proposed to be funded by the PPRTA extension if passed by voters in the November 2012 election.