Fundraising effort begins for rebuilt Dewey Bridge

A Moab, Utah, resident has donated $900 and challenged others to contribute an additional $2,500 toward engineers’ drawings for the rebuilding of the Dewey Bridge over the Colorado River.

The Dewey Bridge Restoration Committee this week announced the pledge and challenge from Russ van Koch, a recreation planner for the Bureau of Land Management, as part of an $850,000 effort to rebuild the bridge.

The nearly century-old structure was destroyed April 6 by a fire set by a 7-year-old Grand Junction boy playing with matches. Authorities determined the blaze was accidental and filed no criminal charges.

The bridge is 28 miles north of Moab on Utah State Highway 128. It served for years as a lifeline to western Colorado and was on the National Register of Historic Places.

Grand County, Utah, will provide engineering upport and oversee the contracting process but will not direct any funds to the project.


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