CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
AUGUST 12, 2010
Large equipment loads
awaiting transport are now being kept at the
Lewiston. The first four
ConocoPhillips equipment loads being moved from
Montana will be transported
late August while both lanes of
Bridge are temporarily open.
Top photo by Charlie Pottenger
Bridge, located a few miles outside of Lewiston, will open both lanes of traffic
Aug. 17, for about a week. Photo by Charlie Pottenger
delay update; first four big loads to move
The eastbound lane of
will re-open about Aug. 17 and then be closed again approximately one week
later. At that time the westbound lane will close to complete the bridge
rehabilitation. Work is expected to take an additional 35 working days to
complete, leading to a mid-October finish. During the time when both lanes are
open in late August four ConocoPhillips big drum loads moving from
line will traverse the bridge.
Mel Coulter, spokesman for
the Idaho Transportation Department, was interviewed in order to obtain the
background for the
project which began in May and will be finished in October.
Following the tragic bridge
the United States Congress authorized a nationwide inspection of bridges and
made funds available to States to assist in bridge rehabilitation.
built in 1972 and one of
longer bridges, qualified for part of
funds. The project entails removal and replacement of the bridge surface and
detailed maintenance of the entire structure.
The surface repairs on the
eastbound lane should be complete this week and structural maintenance will be
completed so that an Aug. 17 reopening to two lane traffic is anticipated.
During the time that both lanes are open four ConocoPhillips big loads being
moved from the
line will move at night during low traffic periods.
Work on the westbound lane
will then begin and should take about 35 additional working days, leading to a
mid-October end to the inconvenience and delays on trips from Clearwater County
to and from Lewiston. The better bridge should be ready for many more years of