Extended Bridge Closure on S.R. 95 West of Blanding
Cottonwood Wash Bridge on State Route 95 west of Blanding is closed for repairs.
A bridge evaluation team determined the collapse of sandstone at the footing of the east abutment is significant enough to close the bridge for public safety while UDOT pursues an emergency repair to the structure. Engineers say it appears 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 current closure of State Route 95 extends approximately 28 miles from the Junction of U.S. 191 to State Route 261. Crews have deployed portable electronic message boards from several maintenance stations in Southern Utah to key highway junctions to help inform motorists of the closure.
We recommend Interstate-70 to State Route 24, through Hanksville, for paved access to Upper Lake Powell and other outdoor recreational destinations west of Blanding.
We also want to warn drivers that cellular phone GPS mapping apps for motorized vehicles may not be reliable in the region for routes off of the state and national highway systems.
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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