Swinging Bridge at Browns Park reopens to traffic; dedication planned Sept. 18 | CraigDailyPress.com

Swinging Bridge at Browns Park reopens to traffic; dedication planned Sept. 18

Craig Press staff report

CRAIG — After 10 weeks of intensive reconstruction, the historic Swinging Bridge at Browns Park reopened to vehicular traffic Aug. 23, and Moffat County officials, joined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to a bridge dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The historic suspension bridge — which spans 320 feet across the Green River, about one mile east of the Colorado-Utah border — had been closed to vehicular traffic since a tractor broke through it in summer 2014. The closure added an additional 30 miles to the trip for vehicles traveling between Colorado and Utah, and its reopening will effectively shave a full hour from the travel time between Browns Park and Vernal, Utah.

Thanks to the reconstruction, the bridge — which previously had a weight limit of 3 tons — is now all aluminum and steel and can accommodate vehicles that weigh up to 20 tons.

According to Roy Tipton, director of development services for Moffat County, the $1.9 million reconstruction project involved an unprecedented level of cooperation between 15 different agencies from both Colorado and Utah.