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Tree Haus Bridge paint job attracts just one bid for $31,540

Tree Haus wooden truss bridge to receive facelift

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the bid from Western Wood Protection to apply a wood protection and restoration coating to the wooden trusses of the Tree Haus Bridge.

— Commercial painting contractors in Northwest Colorado must be busy this spring.

On Tuesday, the Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the lone bid it received from Western Wood Protection to apply a wood protection and restoration coating to the wooden trusses of the Tree Haus Bridge over the Yampa River on Mount Werner Road just outside the Steamboat Springs city limits.

Western Wood Protection originally bid $42,830 on the project but revised its bid to $31,540 after receiving clarification about traffic control requirements, according to documents on file with the county.

Mountain Colors had submitted a lower bid but withdrew it in March, reportedly because the company’s schedule was already too full.

Requests for proposals were sent to about six potential bidders who did not respond. A seventh replied that the company is on "sabbatical," and an eighth said the job was outside the scope of its work.

Construction on the "new" wooden version of the bridge began in July 1998 with the help of a $517,000 state grant. After delays of material deliveries, the bridge wasn't completed until November. The total cost was $646,000.

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In advance of the beginning of construction 18 years ago, the Routt County Road and Bridge Department asked the Sheriff's Office to close the river to floaters putting in upstream from the bridge during weekdays to ensure their safety. Road and Bridge officials met with the commercial tubing industry to explain that pushing back the construction timetable beyond mid-July would have jeopardized the ability to pave the bridge prior to the onset of winter.

The bridge is arched in the middle and unusually long for a wooden truss bridge, the Steamboat Pilot reported in September 1998. The structure looks especially good from the air.

It had already undergone a temporary repair to a failed deck, according to former Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper, and the long-term solution was replacing the bridge.

"It's more aesthetically pleasing" at a very visible location near the entrance to town, former Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak told the Steamboat Pilot in July 1998.

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