Bridge Damaged by High Water

Written by on May 30, 2019

A bridge on the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway has sustained damage from high water levels.

Cody Beers with the Wyoming Department of Transportation says high water has caused severe erosion around the Pat O’ Hara Creek bridge on Highway 296. The bridge is located north of Cody, a few hundred feet off Wyoming 120, at the beginning of Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.

WYDOT resident engineer Todd Frost of Cody said they have lost the riprap on this structure, which was built in the 1960s.

The highway remains open for residents and travelers, however, and WYDOT geologists will be assessing the bridge and other areas near Cody impacted by this week’s rains, mud slides and rock slides.

WYDOT has placed a 13-ton weight limit on the Pat O’ Hara Creek bridge as of yesterday afternoon. Portable digital message signs are being transported to the location to provide more information to visitors and residents of the area.

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