Los Cordovas bridge closed


Residents in the Los Cordovas area will have to seek an alternative route for the next three months due to a much needed bridge repair on Los Cordovas Road.

After nearly two years of design and procurement, Taos County officials began work on the Los Cordovas bridge and closed the road May 28. The road will remain closed until August 7 while crews complete the much needed repair to the over 30-year-old bridge.

"Of all our county-owned bridges, (the New Mexico Department of Transportation) named this one the worst of the worst," said Taos County Manager Leandro Cordova.

Voters in the area should seek an alternate route to the polls at the Los Cordovas Community Center, which will still be open for voting on Tuesday (June 5). Drivers are encouraged to use Cuchilla Road as a detour during the project.

The current contract price for the bridge is $524,637.50 and is funded out of the county's general fund reserves.

Due to significant use, the asphalt under the bridge was beginning to crumble and fall into the Río Grande del Rancho below. The bridge had not seen any significant repair since its construction in 1985.

The new design will have a concrete deck and be the same width as the current bridge.

"Not everyone loves the idea of shutting it down for three months," Cordova said. "Once we explain the severity of it, they understand."

Cordova said the project was selected for this time of year to not interfere with the school bus routes that pass through the area.

Residents are encouraged to stay off the bridge during construction and obey all signs in the area.