MORRISON, Colo. — A bridge in Morrison is in jeopardy after the town learned some of the steel used in the project is from Canada. Under law — it`s all supposed to be American-made.
This bridge just went through a major reconstruction. It’s now open again. But the town might have to rip it out because of where some of the materials come from.
To some it may just be a bridge. To people who live in Morrison – the crossing is a lifeline.
It`s a big part of this neighborhood to just get into town.
But the bridge was closed for the last few months for repairs.
It got a new coat of paint , new wood planks and new steel to run underneath it.
It was a huge problem. Carrie Shipley lives right next to it. She says the detour was a pain. “We both work in town so we use the bridge honestly every day.”
The bad news is people could have to relive all of the hassle of the bridge construction again.
The project was part of a federally funded ‘Buy America’ grant. One of the main rules to get the money is that you have to use American materials.
But some of the steel – is actually from Canada. “Canadians, they`re kind of like our cousins.”
Still, the rule means Morrison will either have to pay for the bridge itself – or rip it out and start fresh. “Why didn`t they make sure all the materials were from the United States to begin with.”
The Canadian portion only makes up about $800 of the total cost of materials. Not much considering it`ll cost about $20,000 to re-do the whole thing. And it would be closed for another three months.
“Personally, I think it`s a big waste of materials and lumber and there`s no need to throw away perfectly good materials that are actually working and the community uses them every day.”
The mayor did send a letter to U.S. Representative Jared Polis asking for an exemption on this bridge project. The office says they did get a letter in response but it’s still unclear what will happen next.