Aug 14, 2012 7:34 PM by Matt Stafford

Bridge south of Florence still under repair, detour causing issues

Construction continues south of Florence on State Highway 67 where a bridge was washed out by heavy rain about two weeks ago. A plan for a temporary pass at the bridge is in the works, but for now motorists are being turned around.

That leaves the back roads; County Road 19 has gotten a lot of traffic.

"It's a thirty mile an hour zone the entire length of the detour and we've clocked cars in excess of fifty miles an hour out there," explains Capt. Don Pinover with the Fremont County Sheriff's office.

The road is mostly gravel, and it's receiving an amount of traffic the road isn't used to seeing.

Before the bridge washed out, "We'd have thirty cars a day," says John Rae, a County Road 19 resident.

Now it's a lot more.

"We usually have about a car a minute going by now," says Rae. "Two-thirds of them are well over 40 miles an hour."

Rae has clocked several drivers with his own radar gun. He called the Sheriff's office, and they've agreed to step up patrols.

Now Rae is turning to drivers with a simple message.

"Just please slow down," says Rae. "We're right here on the road, and the grandkids play."

They're going to be extra cautious for the week while they wait on crews to finish the temporary pass on Highway 67; crews expect that to be finished sometime next week. As for the actual bridge, crews say that likely won't be finished for months.



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