Temporary bridge to provide car access to Montezuma

KUSA - A temporary bridge is now in place over the Snake River and will eventually allow vehicle access into the small town of Montezuma. The Summit County Road and Bridge Department installed the temporary bridge Friday night, but crews are still working to connect it to the roads.

Flood washed out a 45-foot span of road, cutting off access to the town in Summit County last week.

Montezuma Road will remain closed to vehicles until the work is done.

The high water created a gap in the road that's about 15 feet deep, near the Peru Creek Trailhead. The road has large cracks in it where the culvert ate away at huge chunks of the asphalt.

Crews had to first build a section of road that could support the equipment needed to bring in the bridge.

Wednesday evening, a footbridge was brought in from Dillon Marina. It's allowing access to the town by foot.

"There has been continued damage to the road," said Summit County spokesperson Julie Sutor. "

On Tuesday the Summit County Sheriff ordered a voluntary evacuation. About a dozen people decided to leave. Approximately 20 people are stayed in the town, which has electricity and limited Internet access.

Those who stay have to hike in and out, a 30-minute trip each way.

There are between 50 and 60 people who live in Montezuma. There is no estimate to when the road will reopen.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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