Historical society gives Fruita cash to fix bridge

The Colorado Historical Society has given Fruita the green light to use a $200,000 grant to restore the historic Fruita bridge, the state announced Tuesday.

The city and its partners at the state level reached an agreement to maintain the bridge’s historic character while also buttressing it with several new features, James Stratis, preservation projects manager for the State Historical Fund, said in a statement today.

The announcement comes roughly three weeks after local officials said they would have to revise their plans for the 1907 bridge to receive the grant funds before the spring melt.

Stratis said the release of the grant funds will allow Fruita to complete the bridge renovations before the runoff starts.

As part of the agreed-upon renovation, several new piers will bear the weight of the bridge while rock ballast installed underwater will divert the flow of the river, lessening the stress on the bridge.


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