A new, all-weather bridge may be built in Canyonlands National Park, according to the National Park Service.
NPS officials in Moab said the bridge would be constructed where the Needles District entrance road crosses Salt Creek. The present road was built in 1966-67, when the entrance road had a gravel surface. The route was paved in 1977, and the NPS wants to upgrade the road.Park officials say Salt Lake Creek frequently floods during summer thunderstorms, and there is a strong potential that the creek might overflow the road or destroy the crossing if it is not replaced. In 1984, flooding washed out the downstream fill below the bridge.
"A bridge would remove the threat of high flood waters cutting the road and stranding visitors in the park," says an NPS project description. "The danger of people and vehicles actually being washed downstream or driven into a dropoff would be removed."
An open prehistoric site was recorded in the area, and a projectile point believed to date from 300 to 1300 A.D. was recovered.