Bridge on Moffat County Road 19 reopens
CRAIG — One lane on a bridge over the Yampa River on Moffat County Road 19, one mile north of Maybell, was reopened Monday afternoon.
Moffat County Commissioner Don Cook said that both lanes are expected to be opened by the end of the day, Monday, May 7.
The Colorado Department of Transportation required the county to close the bridge April 11, after an inspection found the structure had shifted off its supports, and engineers needed to lift it from temporary supports to allow for the needed repairs.
Initially, the county expected the bridge to remain closed for an extended period. The closure had forced drivers in the area to face an approximate 45-mile detour to cross the Yampa River.
I have followed with interest the discussion concerning the potential transfer of the Yampa Elementary School to Memorial Regional Health. Although there are many significant unanswered questions about what Memorial Regional Health plans to do with the Yampa Elementary School, the focus of my letter is on the Yampa Elementary School as a community asset.