Pedestrian span to be recycled
The Maroon Creek pedestrian bridge will be divvied up into spans serving trail connections around the valley after it’s dismantled this spring to make way for a new highway bridge.The bridge, erected over the Maroon Creek gorge next to the Highway 82 span a decade ago, is actually eight 82.5-foot sections. “We’re trying to use them locally – trying to recycle the bridge,” said Brian Pettet, Pitkin County director of public works.Basalt already has dibs on four of them, he said.The town needs a bridge to link the Emma Road trail and Willits trail over the Roaring Fork River, just upvalley from the intersection of Two Rivers Road and Highway 82, Pettet said.In exchange, Basalt will pay half of the yet-to-be-determined cost of dismantling the bridge. The sum will become part of the $900,000 the county has committed toward the new highway bridge, Pettet said.In addition, the county’s Open Space and Trails Program is interested in using two or three sections of the bridge to cross the Crystal River at various points as part of a planned trail in the Crystal River Valley, he said.Whatever remains will be sold. Gunnison County, Grand Junction, Breckenridge and Crested Butte have all expressed interest, Pettet said.The Maroon Creek pedestrian bridge cost slightly more than $1 million to erect 10 years ago, with the county putting up $965,977. It was always considered a temporary bridge, put in place pending the replacement of the highway bridge, Pettet said.
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