The Park Avenue West Bridge is going to get messy as repairs begin this week

We’re facing lane closures on and off through July. Start practicing those breathing exercises.

Traffic on Park Avenue. Nov. 17, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Traffic on Park Avenue. Nov. 17, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Starting as early as this Thursday, travel across the Park Avenue West Bridge will likely slow down as crews make repairs to the 25-year-old structure.

Denver Public Works said in a press release today that work to extend the life of the bridge will mean lane closures near Park Avenue West, Delgany Street and Wewatta Street on and off through July. The first string of closures will last about a month.

Beginning later this week, two lanes will be closed (leaving two open) for about two weeks on Park Avenue West outbound near the Wewatta and Delgany intersection.

For another two weeks beginning the week of May 6, one lane will be close in each direction and one lane will remain open in each direction of Delgany Street near the Park Avenue West intersection.

Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Rockies home game days, travel lanes will reopen three hours before first pitch (because, we’re assuming, the city isn’t that crazy).

Weather, of course, could change their work schedule.

The work is part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program approved by voters to fund critical improvements to infrastructure. During this first phase, they’ll be repairing the bearing pads underneath the bridge.

Remember, we’ve trained for this. The Park Avenue West Bridge got fixed up early last year.

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