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Highway 95 Closure Update

John P Funk

Escalante-Class Member

State Route 95 Cottonwood Wash Bridge Repairs​

Project Description

This project will repair damage to the State Route 95 bridge over Cottonwood Wash approximately 8.5 miles west of Blanding. A routine general inspection of the bridge on August 2, 2021 revealed potential issues with erosion prompting further evaluation of the site by a structural engineering team. UDOT closed the bridge and a structural evaluation team has 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 spans approximately 110 feet and was built in 1959.

The bridge is expected to reopen November 6, 2021 after temporary repairs are made. This schedule is subject to impacts from weather, supply-chain disruptions and other unforeseen circumstances. UDOT is also pursuing design on a permanent bridge replacement in the near future.

Travel across the bridge structure over the wash is not allowed; however, local traffic may access areas east and west of the bridge structure using SR-95.

Community Notices

State Route 95 is currently closed at Cottonwood Wash approximately 8.5 miles west of Blanding. Recommended paved alternate route for large RVs or trailer traffic is I-70 to SR-24. Local travel either east or west of the Cottonwood Wash structure on SR-95 is allowed. The bridge is estimated to reopen November 6, 2021. This schedule is subject to impacts from weather, supply-chain disruptions and other unforeseen circumstances.

Due to limited services, access, road types and the distances involved in a remote area, motorists are urged to plan ahead if venturing into the area. Do not rely solely on GPS systems or phone applications for road directions.

For the latest on Utah road and traffic conditions please visit udottraffic.utah.gov or check the UDOT Traffic App.

I haven't heard from our friend who ranches out of Fry Canyon about construction progress, but he said that his 1 ton dually Dodge won't fit between the barricades so he has to go around to get to Blanding.
 
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