Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Pedestrian Bridge in Duchesne

A new footbridge over the Duchesne River in Duchesne was installed Dec. 23.

The Utah Department of Transportation closed Utah Highway 87 between 8 a.m. And 5 p.m. as the new bridge arrived and was set in place.

The bridge arrived in two sections and was “flown” or lifted into position by two large cranes after assembly on the road deck. The engineering for the bridge was precise and the complete unit settled onto its foundations with little effort.

Pedestrian traffic was deemed to be unsafe on the highway bridge by the Utah State Transportation Board and UDOT.

During the floods of 2011, Duchesne City Mayor RoJean Rowley walked over the UT 87 Bridge to observe the water levels.

Rowley called a meeting with representatives from the state transportation board and UDOT and the group visited the bridge crossing.

The transportation board set aside money for the project.

Final work on the pathway and approaches is continuing. Uintah Basin Standard