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County Wants Public Comment on New Bridge Design

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Updated: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:08:01 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Mesa County will be replacing a high-traffic bridge in Grand Junction, but first they want to hear from the public.


The bridge is located on 29 1/2 Road, just north of Orchard Avenue.


“Basically it’s coming to the end of its useful life cycle,” said Mesa County information officer Ryan Cook. “It's not unsafe, but after a time, it's time to replace bridges.”


Officials said the bridge serves around two thousand cars a day, including traffic to the new Mesa County Workforce Center, the Mesa County Department of Human Services and Bookcliff Middle School.


Project engineers are hoping to hear any comments from the public regarding the overall look of the upcoming bridge.


“To us bridge engineers, we always look at these bridges as icons. They tend to last longer than roads or other associated structures that deal with transportation,” said Mesa County Senior Engineer Timothy Hayashi.


Officials said the new bridge should be structurally sound for 75 years to come.


Construction is not slated to start until late 2015.

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