Speed limit reduced at Río Grande Gorge Bridge

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 2/1/19

 Curly O'Connor, founder of the Gorge Bridge Safety Network, and Taos County Commissioner Candyce O'Donnell were at the bridge to celebrate what they view as a significant improvement for the area.

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Speed limit reduced at Río Grande Gorge Bridge

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Workers with the New Mexico Department of Transportation installed new speed limit signs at either end of the Río Grande Gorge Bridge on Thursday (Jan. 31) that reduced speeds around the landmark from 45 miles per hour to 35.

Curly O'Connor, founder of the Gorge Bridge Safety Network, and Taos County Commissioner Candyce O'Donnell were at the bridge to celebrate what they view as a significant improvement for the area.

"It's a step," O'Donnell said. "People pass the bridge too quickly. It's one way to continue to make the area safer."

In the summer of 2017, an elderly man was struck by a drunk driver who was speeding past the destination's visitor center on the west end of the steel arch bridge. The man's leg was severed in the accident and he had to be flown by helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

It was one of many accidents, which, coupled with numerous near misses over the years, gathered support for the speed reduction.

O'Connor and O'Donnell spoke with The Taos News about what this means for the future of the bridge, including longstanding proposals to install suicide deterrants at the bridge, which has long been known as a destination for jumpers.

For more on this story, see the Feb. 7 print edition of  The Taos News.

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