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Purgatoire River Bridge Available For Adoption

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Purgatoire River Bridge (credit: coloradopreservation.org)

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TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Department of Transportation is putting the historic Purgatoire River Bridge on U.S. 350 up for adoption.

CDOT plans to replace the steel, camelback truss bridge, built in 1937, because it doesn’t meet current design standards, has corrosion in parts and is showing signs of deterioration.

CDOT says the bridge about 12 miles northeast of Trinidad is available to someone willing to relocate it, although preference will be given to those who agree to maintain the bridge according to standards for rehabilitating historic structures. Whoever ends up with it would have to disassemble it and move it. Paint on the bridge contains lead, so whoever moves it would have to obey regulations for worker and environmental protection if the paint will be disturbed during dismantling of the bridge.

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