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ACCESS STUDY COMMISSIONED 5-26-14 LMS

The Lemhi County Commissioners have approved a proposal from Northwest Engineering Services to do a study of alternatives pertaining to the Rattlesnake Creek Bridge.

It has been determined that there are serious weight limit safety issues with the old bridge and the question is exactly how to resolve them. The bridge is located approximately 16 miles south of Salmon on Highway 93 and provides access to the Twin Peaks Ranch and Twin Peaks mine as well as to ranches in that area on the west side of the Salmon River.

Northwest Engineering Services President Daniel Sharp and Civil Engineer Spencer Uminski had presented a proposal to conduct a study of all bridge alternatives at the commissionerís May 12 meeting. At its May 26 meeting Sharp and Uminski told the county board the engineering study will examine all options from bridge replacement to repair to building an access road along the west side of the river Each alternative will include estimated costs. Potential road routes would be either north to the Shoup Bridge by way of Lake Creek or south to the Iron Creek Bridge. The study will address any and all land ownership or historical issues in each direction.

Due to bridge replacement price tags in the millions of dollars the commissioners are very interested in all possible alternatives. Northwest will be actively working with the Lemhi County Road and Bridge Department and the department will be involved in all meetings with federal agencies.


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