Sunday, November 13, 2011

Utah's Bridges: White Canyon Wash Bridge

May 2006 (37.820 Degrees, -110.352 Degrees) White Canyon Wash Bridge
The last of the canyon crossings near Hite is this bridge over White Canyon Wash. The canyon is a little narrower and so it was built as a three span steel haunched girder bridge on inclined piers. According to the bridge maintenance report it has a main span of 87.9 ft and a total length of 226.1 ft. All three bridges we've recently studied carry 285 vehicles a day since they're a few miles apart on the same road (SR-95).

I took this photo in the early morning as I started my ride from Hite to Blanding. Maybe the early morning light made the colors particularly vivid. This was the last bridge I saw for many miles. The ride from Hite to Blanding was the most difficult of the whole trip. At Comb Ridge I passed a beautiful but very steep slotted canyon that climbed at a steep grade until my heart felt like it was going to explode. I kept waiting for the grade to end but it just kept climbing for 40 miles to Blanding.

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