Extended Bridge Closure on S.R. 95 West of Blanding
August 6, 2021
Cottonwood Wash Bridge on State Route 95 west of Blanding was closed for repairs but has since been reopened.
A bridge evaluation team determined the collapse of sandstone at the footing of the east abutment was significant enough to close the bridge for public safety while UDOT pursued an emergency repair to the structure. Engineers say it appeared high flows in the wash during flash flooding scoured a lower layer of rock away, leaving the upper layer of rock unsupported. The bridge was built in 1959 and spans approximately 110-feet.
The closure of State Route 95 extended approximately 28 miles from the Junction of U.S. 191 to State Route 261. Crews deployed portable electronic message boards from several maintenance stations in Southern Utah to key highway junctions to help inform motorists of the closure.
The bridge was reopened to traffic October 28, 2021.
Additional information about the bridge repairs can be found on udot.utah.gov/go/sr95bridge. Public inquiries regarding the bridge repair project may be sent to email@example.com.
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