Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Utah's Bridges: US-191 Bridge over the Colorado River

May 2006 (38.605 Degrees, -109.578 Degrees) Colorado River Bridge
Another bridge over the Colorado River. I took this photo in the early morning (without much light) as I began my ride back to Green River. The pretty pedestrian bridge is a little to the right and outside of this photo. Moab (where this photo was taken) is a major recreation area in the scenic red rock canyons of Utah.

US-191 over the Colorado River is an eight span 1,007.3 ft long continuous steel girder bridge built in 1955. It has a sufficiency rating of 44 and an average daily traffic of 8205 vehicles. It carries two lanes of traffic and it's only 29.5 ft wide, which means inadequate shoulders. At $200 per square foot, it would cost $6 million to replace the bridge. The deck, superstructure, and substructure rate fair or better, bridges are supposed to last at least 75 years, and so it may be a while before this bridge is replaced.
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