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BRIDGE REMAINS OPEN 10-28-14 LMS

The Salmon City Council held a special meeting the evening of October 27 to decide what action to take regarding a bridge closure recommendation from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD).

After an hour and a half of motions and amendments to motions it was the councilís decision to leave the city owned Island Park access bridge open until November 17 and have city Public Works Department personnel visually inspect the bridge twice a day to check its stability.

ITD made its October 20 closure recommendation based on an earlier underwater inspection that revealed deterioration of the bridge substructure due to the extent of undermining around and beneath bridge footings, and resulted in a scour rating of #1 being issued. The rating is the most severe on a scale of one to ten and requires closure of state owned bridges.

The Island Park boat ramp is one of the most popular and most used launch sites during fishing season and several Outfitters appealed to the council not to cut off launch access during one of their busiest times of the year. The Fish and Game Department is attempting to obtain a permit to build a temporary boat ramp and the council voted its support for the departmentís proceeding with that process. Such a permit can take up to 30 days to obtain however; the department is working towards an expedited approval. The council then passed a motion for city crews to assist with a ramp building project if and when the permit is approved.

The council also voted to have Community Development Coordinator Mary Cerise proceed with a search for funding to build a new bridge.


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