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Bridge in Shiprock Will Need Replacement

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An 80-year-old bridge over the San Juan River in Shiprock, New Mexico, has exceeded its lifespan and must come down. The Farmington Daily-Times reports the bridge, which carries westbound traffic on U.S. Highways 491 and 64, has been found structurally deficient. It was reportedly built in 1936 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Once removed, it may be relocated and used for pedestrian and cyclists. But the change won’t happen any time soon – the Daily-Times reports the earliest that its replacement can begin is 2021.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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