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UDOT BEGINS WORK IN MYTON ON $2.6 MILLION BRIDGE PROJECT

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Work has begun on a $2.6 million bridge replacement project in Myton.

Just over two weeks ago, UDOT crews began realigning U.S. 40 near the Duchesne River. The detour will take traffic off the existing Myton bridge during the replacement project, explained Kenneth H. Berg, regional consultant manager for UDOT.On the side of the road opposite the detour, work is under way to build a new wetland as part of the mitigation requirements of building the bridge in a new location.

It will take about nine months for the realignment and construction of the new bridge, Berg said.

The bridge replacement project in Myton was originally scheduled to begin last fall but was delayed because of unrealistic construction cost estimates and because other projects were vying for manpower at the same time.

Construction costs will be shared by the federal and state governments, with the state paying $1 million of the $2.6 million cost.

The Duchesne River bridge was one of five bridges in the Uintah Basin found to fall "below the capacity sufficiency rating of 50" on a scale where 100 is the highest.