Tractor removed from Swinging Bridge in Browns Park
July 1, 2014
The tractor that had been stuck on Swinging Bridge in Browns Park since June 25 was removed Monday night.
The tractor, owned by rancher and former Moffat County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson, fell partway through the bridge while crossing. While Dickinson didn't know the exact weight of the equipment, he admitted it was significantly heavier than the 3-ton capacity the bridge could handle.
"We got it out (Monday) night thanks to friends and neighbors," he said.
With supervision from Moffat County Road and Bridge, Dickinson made sure the bridge was supported while the tractor was towed off the structure.
Dickinson said the incident occurred because of a misunderstanding. One of his new employees took the Swinging Bridge route instead of the alternative Utah route.
"I had a new employee, and this was just a simple honest mistake," Dickinson said.
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Linda DeRose, Moffat County Road and Bridge Department manager, said the state bridge inspector will begin evaluating the full extent of the damage to the structure Tuesday.
Until that evaluation comes through, DeRose said they won't know what the cost of repair will be and if the county's insurance will cover it.
"We turned it into insurance, but we don't know what's going to come out," she said.
The county will have to wait for the cost estimates before moving forward with plans for repair, so at this point, the bridge will be closed indefinitely.
"We'll see what the engineers say and go from there," Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said.
Dickinson apologized on behalf of his staff.
"I apologize for the disruption," he said. "We're inconvenienced just like everyone else.”
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