Jud Wiebe Bridge Update
Thank you for your interest in helping to replace the Jud Wiebe bridge. In partnership with the Norwood Ranger District of the USFS, the Telluride Mountain Club is working to raise over $160,000 to replace the bridge. See press release below for all the current details.
UPDATED: June 15, 2021
Telluride Mountain Club Progresses Jud Wiebe Replacement Bridge
TMtC, in partnership with the USFS, is working hard to complete engineering and construction in 2021
Telluride, Colorado – The Telluride Mountain Club (TMtC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Forest Service (USFS) Norwood District Office to progress work for a replacement bridge on the Jud Wiebe Trail. Further, TMtC has contracted Canyon Bridge, LLC, to begin the engineering and construction. If all goes according to plan and the proposed timeline, the bridge could be installed in the late fall of 2021.
The Jud Wiebe Trail bridge, located at the upper Cornet Creek crossing, was originally deconstructed in July 2018, by the USFS as a safety concern over deterioration and failing structural integrity. The original bridge was made of wood, a material that was bound to need replacing. With no funding in place, the creek crossing remained bridgeless.
In August of 2019, TMtC collaborated with the USFS and hosted a public trail work event to build a fjord crossing over Cornet Creek in the old bridge location. While working that day, it became obvious that a replacement bridge would be needed. “The temporary fjord certainly helped make the creek crossing easier,” said Heidi Lauterbach, TMtC Director. “We watched varying ability levels navigate the crossing and fully realized the importance of a safe bridge crossing at this location.”
Fast forward to 2021. TMtC is able to financially take on this replacement bridge with the help of Opt in for Trails, private donations and a crowdfunding campaign scheduled for later this summer. The bridge replacement project is slated to cost the club over $160,000, being split between engineering, materials and bridge construction, placement at the creek crossing location, trail modifications at the site, and staff time to manage the project. If all goes according to the planned timeline and weather permitting, the bridge could be installed by the end of October 2021.
If you enjoy hiking, running, or biking on the Jud Wiebe, consider donating to help cover the cost of the bridge project at telluridemountainclub.org/wiebe/. Additionally, keep an eye out for a community fundraiser this summer. See you on the trail!
If you are planning to make a sizable donation, we urge you to donate by check. You can mail a check to: Telluride Mountain Club, PO Box 1201, Telluride, CO 81435.
Thank you for your support and making Telluride’s outdoor places a better place to recreate! Learn more about TMtC’s trail projects here.