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STATE RECOMMENDS CLOSURE OF ISLAND PARK BRIDGE 10-20-14

The City of Salmon received its annual bridge report from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) following the underwater inspection of the Island Park Bridge. The bridge provides access to Island Park for many boaters and people using the Island for recreation. The bridge report from ITD stated that the substructure and scour rating of the Island Park Bridge have been lowered to a severe rating (1), requiring bridge closure. The rating scale used is a 1-10 scale, ten being the best rating.

Bridge inspections are provided by the state (ITD) on all local bridges, most bridges are inspected annually and every five years an underwater inspection is completed. These reports assist local communities in maintaining safe structures.

A special meeting will be held on Monday, October 27, at 5:00 p.m. at the Salmon City Hall for the City Council to discuss the report and recommendation of the bridge closure from ITD and make a determination on future steps.

The Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) and the City of Salmon understand this is a very important access for fishing, boating, and recreation. The two entities are working together for both short term and long term solutions. When the bridge is closed anglers launching from Shoup Bridge will have to float through town to the Carmen Bridge Access. Float distances between boat ramps around the town of Salmon are currently-

Shoup to Island Park- 6.4 miles

Island Park to Carmen Bridge- 4.3 miles

Carmen Bridge to Morgan Bar- 2.0 miles

Morgan Bar to Tower Rock- 4.5 miles

Anglers floating from Shoup Bridge to Carmen Bridge is 10.7 miles

IDFG and the City of Salmon make commitments to provide signage and keep the public notified of any changes and are working to find an alternate launch access for temporary use during the fall fishing season. To provide input to the City of Salmon, please use comment forms that are provided at City Hall.


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