|May 2006 (38.201 Degrees, -109.375 Degrees) Hatch Canyon Wash Bridge|
Although the landscape continued to be spectacular, the bridges along this part of my ride were mostly ordinary steel girder spans. There is a very nice three span steel pedestrian truss bridge in Moab that carries hikers and mountain bikers to some of the canyon trails, but I didn't get a chance to photograph it.
Anyway, halfway between Blanding and Moab is a one span bridge over Hatch Canyon Wash. It is a 127 ft long steel girder bridge that was built in 1956. The bridge carries 3770 vehicles a day and has a Sufficiency Rating of 0.50. The Federal Highway Administration went through a major effort to identify scour critical bridges, including this structure. Considering the relatively large daily traffic, I wouldn't be surprised if this vulnerable structure wasn't replaced (at a cost of $723,000).
Utah's Bridges: Hatch Canyon Wash Bridge by Mark Yashinsky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.