The nuts and bolts of bridge repair

 

Doug Radunich

Workers from Simon Contractors remove an old angle iron from the bridge.

After being closed for minor damage in January, the bridge near Flying Diamond Ranch has been repaired and is open to traffic.

Workers from Simon Contractors had been removing rivets and angle irons and replacing cords on the bridge, which crosses the Encampment River on County Road 680, since March 26. Repair work was completed the morning of April 2, and the bridge was open to traffic later that day at noon.

The 1940s-built bridge, constructed to withstand eight tons with a couple of axles and 15 tons with several axles, was compromised by an overweight vehicle and closed in January. Carb...



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