Third Street Bridge Determined Structurally Sound
(DUBOIS, WYO.) – The Third Street Bridge in Dubois suffered some damage at the end of August which prompted the city government to place safety signage around the bridge and begin evaluating whether or not the bridge was structurally safe enough for continued use in its current condition. Late last week, the Town of Dubois determined that the bridge was structurally sound and safe for continued use, as long as users continue to travel on the center runners.
“When they first saw the damage, they kind of panicked,” said Twila Blakeman, Mayor of the Town of Dubois. “It was a piece of farm machinery and the wheel base was wider than the stringers. It went bouncing across and broke through one of the boards. That’s when we discovered that they were all compromised.”
Late last week, the Town of Dubois announced that they had determined that the bridge was structurally sound. According to Blakeman, “When they got under the bridge and saw that it was structurally sound, then it was no problem,” although Blakeman was adamant to remind users of the bridge to stay on the center runners. “The cross-boards are rotting out because they were not treated boards when they were put in. So, we just have to replace them with treated boards, but as long as people stay on the stringers, everything’s fine.”
Blakeman told County 10 that the Town of Dubois is currently in the process of acquiring the treated boards needed to repair the bridge. The Mayor anticipates the arrival of said materials in around six weeks.