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WHERE TO BEGIN 4-11-16 LMS

The Lemhi County Transportation Plan as well as the county’s Risk Assessment All Hazard Mitigation Plan and the City of Salmon’s Transportation Plan all identify a second bridge access across the Salmon River as a number one priority for the sake of public health and safety.

A March 21 meeting between city and county officials and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) determined that with a united effort such a project may be possible and a city/county official agreement to proceed has since been confirmed. There was no question from those in attendance as to the need of having more than one way to get across the river which very efficiently separates the east side of town from the west side.

Even though the timing is deemed good, with ITD’s future plans to repair the Main Street Bridge and positive indications regarding potential funding resources, the April 11 joint city/county meeting was faced with having to decide how to begin the huge project. An undertaking of this size carries with it such a myriad of technicalities the first challenge for the city/county meeting was to stay out of the maze of details and focus on determining the first step.

After much discussion it was agreed officials will first contact owners of the properties county and city researchers have pinpointed as the most likely location for a second bridge and ask if they would be willing to sell.

The area believed to be the most logical and where the least impact would occur is located just north of town between the Lemhi Hole and Shoup Street. If those property owners are agreeable the next step will be to hold a public informational meeting to present plans for that area along with some additional location options.

The county and city made it clear they will welcome any further ideas the public may wish to offer. Input will also be gathered from emergency services personnel as well as the City Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office. The public will be kept apprised of the progress.


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