To rebuild or not to rebuild?
Historical Preservation Commission considers Dewey Bridge
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Dewey Bridge, several decades ago. 
	       Photo courtesy of Donna Jordan
Dewey Bridge, several decades ago. Photo courtesy of Donna Jordan
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The Grand County Historical Preservation Commission is considering rebuilding the old Dewey Bridge, originally built in 1916. “The bridge was the longest suspension bridge in Utah until April 2008 when it was destroyed by a fire started by a child playing with matches,” said Donna Jordan, a member of the commission.

It could cost $2 million to rebuild a car-friendly bridge, which was “a little much,” according to Jordan, so the replacement would be a bridge for pedestrians and bicycles only. “Our goal is to gauge public interest in starting a project,” Jordan told The Times-Independent. Dewey Bridge “is a part of Grand County history that we don’t want to lose,” she said. Jordan said that if the public responds positively, the commission could use documentation of public interest to obtain grants for the rebuild.

The Historical Preservation Commission is accepting comments on the idea of rebuilding the bridge. They are also accepting applications for a board member. The commission can be reached at grandcountyhistory@gmail.com.


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