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Ribbon cutting ceremony set for Red Dirt Bridge

Contact: Rickie Davies, Senior Staff Engineer, 970-328-3567,

May 11, 2017 – Eagle County’s Engineering Department will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Red Dirt Bridge on Monday. The ceremony is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. May 15 at the bridge, located approximately 16 miles northeast of Dotsero on the Colorado River Road. All interested community members are invited to attend.

Construction on the Red Dirt Bridge began in July 2016. It replaced a 15-foot wide, single lane, 5-span bridge, which was 200 feet in length and constructed in 1945. The new bridge is 31 feet wide with two 11-foot wide lanes and two 3-foot shoulders. It has 3 spans and is 220 feet long.

Cost of construction of the Red Dirt Bridge project was approximately $3.2 million, with over 80 percent of the funding coming from a federal grant.

For more information, contact Eagle County Senior Staff Engineer Rickie Davies at 970-328-3567 or