Riverside parkway bridge update

Published: Nov. 27, 2019 at 10:29 PM MST
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An update to a story we brought you on Tuesday.

Some residents were concerned over the safety of the Riverside Parkway bridge heading into Orchard Mesa. KJCT News received pictures taken of the embankment showing what appears to be some dislocation of concrete.

But the city tells us there is nothing to worry about. They say that the bridge is still very safe and that these pictures show more of a cosmetic shift instead of a structural one.

“Anytime you’re building structures such as these that are built on 30 to 35 ft. worth of fill, some settlement is anticipated in that,” says public works director, Trent Prall.

They've determined that these defects noted in the parkway structures are the same ones that had developed shortly after initial construction back in 2007.

"The fixes are very expensive and we think our resources are better spent on more structural needs elsewhere in the community as opposed to fixing cosmetic ones," says Prall.

The city has notified their bridge inspection staff of these photos.

They will take them into consideration in their next inspection.

CDOT contracts with bridge inspectors to come out and inspect any road span that’s over 20 ft. The bridge's last inspection was on March 15th, 2018. It's due for another inspection in the first quarter of 2020.

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