Pedestrian bridge closes for the winter south of Riverton

December 28, 2017

Pedestrian bridge closes

A pedestrian bridge has closed for the winter along All Our Relations Pathway south of Riverton.

The bridge is at the pedestrian pathway where it crosses the Little Wind River between the City of Riverton and Beaver Creek Housing.

Wyoming Department of Transportation heavy equipment operator Shane Pugh said the bridge was first closed last February when ice buildup under the pedestrian bridge damaged one of the bridge piers. Until October, pedestrians were required to cross the Little Wind River on the existing WYO 789 highway bridge. The pedestrian bridge was reopened temporarily in October, then it closed Thursday due to the onset of winter weather and buildup of ice around the damaged bridge pier. Pedestrians are again required to cross the Little Wind River on the existing WYO 789 bridge.

"Ice reached eight inches in depth at the bridge piers this week. For safety's sake, the bridge is being closed today for the winter," Pugh said. "We appreciate everyone's patience as we work toward permanently fixing the pedestrian bridge over the Little Wind River."

Questions about this news release may be directed to WYDOT Public Relations Specialist Cody Beers at (307) 856-1341.