Plans To Repair Swinging Bridge Continue

Plans to repair Swinging Bridge in Browns Park took another step forward this week when the Moffat County Commissioners entered into an agreement with the Colorado Department of Transportation and the State of Colorado.  The Swinging Bridge has been open only to foot traffic since June of 2014, after a tractor broke through the decking of the bridge, rendering it unusable to motorized traffic. The county will use a $500 thousand grant from the state of Colorado combined with $160,000 previously budgeted to repair the bridge. They received additional contributions from a number of other sources including the BLM and the Colorado State Land Board. The county is also expecting $100,000 from the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition in Utah. They will combine these funds as a match to the $760,000 DOLA grant the county has already secured, to cover the $1.5 million cost of the project. When the Swinging Bridge is reopened to motorized traffic, the structures capacity will increase from 3 to 14 tons. This will greatly improve access for firefighters, hunters and others that were previously unable to use the bridge. Repairs to the bridge are expected to commence in September, with the work scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving this year. Photo from the accident in 2014, click to enlarge.

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