Bridge on SH 90 at Bedrock Remains Closed

September 18, 2014 - Southwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 5 - Information tomorrow afternoon on temporary and/or permanent fix, travel impacts.

MONTROSE COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is focused on getting the bridge over the Dolores River on SH 90 at Bedrock open as soon as safely possible, recognizing the tremendous impact this closure has upon surrounding communities.

Work on the cracked vertical truss member will be underway tomorrow and a report on whether any temporary fix can enable limited traffic is expected tomorrow afternoon. More information will also be known on a permanent solution, as well as the potential for a temporary bridge.

Please watch for a follow-up press release on Thursday afternoon; and information will also be posted on

BRIDGE INFORMATION - The 1952 steel through-truss bridge underwent routine inspection (typically every two years for older bridges) in December 2013, with no damage identified. Upon a site visit on September 15, a CDOT engineer discovered a crack on one of the structure’s vertical truss members (see photo). The bridge was closed to all traffic on the 16th.

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