The Utah Department of Transportation is beginning construction efforts to preserve the life of a metal arch bridge spanning the San Juan River at Mexican Hat.
Work crews have begun setting up scaffolding under the Jason R. Workman Memorial Bridge to facilitate repairs that will encompass the structure both above and below the road surface.
The $3.5 million project, awarded to Granite Construction, is designed to ensure structural integrity by working on bridge plates, columns and rivets and improving drainage. Other activities include repairing potholes on the deck, work on expansion joints and painting the bridge to prevent corrosion.
Width restrictions will be necessary to perform much of the work. Vehicles wider than eight feet will be routed to Highway 191. Smaller vehicles should anticipate delays of several minutes as traffic will only be allowed in one direction at a time over the bridge.
At least one weekend closure is expected as early as mid-August. Several night closures of the entire bridge are also anticipated to facilitate paving and deck work. For the latest status on bridge conditions, monitor the udottraffic.utah.gov website or the “UDOT Traffic” mobile application.
Project information is available at www.udot.utah.gov/go/mexicanhat. Construction inquiries may be emailed to email@example.com.