Veyo Arch Bridge rehabilitation winding down

Construction crews work on the Veyo Arch Bridge, Washington County, Utah, July 16, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

VEYO Work on the Veyo Arch Bridge is coming to an end as traffic is restored to two lanes for travelers on state Route 18.

The Veyo Arch Bridge, circa 2009 | Photo by Heber Jones courtesy of Washington County Historical Society, St. George News
The Veyo Arch Bridge, circa 2009 | Photo by Heber Jones courtesy of Washington County Historical Society, St. George News

Contractors are removing a timed traffic signal which has been used to alternate traffic as crews repaired the bridge, one side at a time.

Work on the bridge rehabilitation project began in July and included structural repair to the arch, a new concrete deck, asphalt overlay and parapets as well as paint to deter corrosion, Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Kitchen said.

“They’ve been revamping the bridge to prolong its life,” he said.

A timed signal system has been used to alternate traffic. The signal is being removed as the contractor moves toward the finishing stages.

While the traffic signal will be gone, motorists may still encounter flagging operations every other day or so, Kitchen said; minimal delays are expected.

The bridge spans the Santa Clara River and was built in 1957. It replaced the Old Veyo Bridge, according to the Washington County Historical Society. The Veyo Arch Bridge has been determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

The project is funded by the Utah Department of Transportation.

Rehabilitation of the Veyo Arch Bridge was combined into a contractor package that also included work on the Dirty Devil Arch Bridge on State Route 95 in Southeastern Utah, Kitchen said. The entire project, which includes both bridges, is valued at $3.3 million.

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1 Comment

  • .... December 6, 2016 at 6:26 am

    This is absolutely fantastic news and I’m sure this will result in an positive reaction from the community and all long need project and I would like to thank all those involved in making this possible

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