Boomerang Bridge Construction

Contact(s): Kimberlee Phillips

Norwood, Colorado, May 7, 2021 — The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests’ Norwood Ranger District will be constructing a temporary bridge over the existing Boomerang Road Bridge on Forest Service Trail #435 over the San Miguel River on the Telluride Valley Floor. This temporary bridge will allow for heavier vehicles to cross during the anticipated mine tailings removal project scheduled for later in the year. More information about the tailings removal project will be forthcoming from the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

Forest Service staff will begin staging equipment and materials beginning the week of May 10. Caution is advised as heavy equipment will be entering and exiting the roadway. Visitors traveling to and from Telluride on Highway 145 should anticipate large trucks near the Shell Station, entering and existing the highway transporting materials. Please use caution in the area and watch for cones and flaggers.

The bridge will be closed for pedestrian traffic during construction and signs will be posted on trails entering and exiting the area. The bridge will reopen for pedestrian traffic once construction is complete. Construction of the bridge will begin the week of May 17 and may take up to two weeks. For more information about this project contact the Norwood Ranger District at (970) 327-4261.

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