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BRIDGE PRIORITY 3-24-14 LMS

Lemhi County Road and Bridge Road Access Specialist Jay Davis has been gathering information on the costs of replacing the Rattlesnake Bridge off Highway 93 south below Twin Peaks Ranch.

Rough estimates received so far show a steel girder one lane, 16 foot wide, 175 feet long bridge would be around $500,000. A two-lane bridge that length would cost approximately $750,000. Davis emphasized the figures are preliminary since there are many unknowns at this point such as abutment costs. General installation costs would be between $500,000 and $1 million.

Overall costs will depend on how the project is funded and will have to include a National Environmental Policy Act study. The commissioners guessed that it will be about a $2 million project by the time all is said and done.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Kerrie Cheney recommended talks with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding reopening the road along the west side of the Salmon River from the Rattlesnake Bridge north to the old golf course 12 miles south of Salmon as a needed backup access road. The commissioners agreed the Rattlesnake Bridge replacement is something that has to be done.

Davis is conferring with a Montana firm experienced in bridge projects similar to this one. He said the company is willing to send people to the site in order to render a more precise estimate.

County wide, Road and Bridge has been busy dealing with stopped-up culverts and other snow melt related issues. Davis said the department plans to meet with the BLM over the condition of the 18 mile road.

Cheney reported that the city has asked for some county assistance in repairs to the one block portion of VanDreff Street located on the north side of the Steele Memorial Hospital building. He said the request involves equipment and manpower. The commissioners gave the go-ahead to work out the plans.

Cheney said the department will be working on the Landfill Road this Summer, preparing the road’s base for next year’s resurfacing project.

It was also announced that a date of May 3 has been selected for this year’s surplus equipment auction. All county departments will be notified so collection of items can begin.


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