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Emergency declared as U.S. 50 bridge over Blue Mesa Reservoir on Colorado’s Western Slope closes due to disaster

Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera declared a disaster emergency for the US Highway 50 bridge closure over Blue Mesa Reservoir to help with the response and recovery efforts. The declaration allows for requesting federal assistance for highway funding. The Colorado Department of Transportation closed the bridge due to safety concerns, offering detours while exploring ways to reduce travel time. CDOT approved $10 million for repairs. The closure affects commuters between Montrose and Gunnison, with detour routes adding travel time. CDOT is coordinating with emergency services to ensure a smooth response despite the closure.


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