Glade Park, Colo. (KKCO) --- After 5 months of construction and almost $950,000 later, the new Little Dolores River bridge has been completed.
In 2006, the bridge was given a 54.6 poor sufficiency rating and officials learned the pipe running beneath it was too small for a major runoff event.
Officials turned to the surrounding neighbors for advice and information about their usage of the bridge and the river and then returned the favor by keeping residents in-the-loop during construction.
"They kept us up to date on everything that's happening," says local rancher, Jay Van Loan. "I think it was a well thought-out process."
In the event of a bridge failure, residents in the area would be faced with a 100 mile detour. This would highly impact the livestock industry (which makes up half of the $100-million agricultural production in Mesa County) in Glade Park.
Fortunately, with the project finished, ranchers can now cross the river with their equipment and cattle, safely.