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BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION 9-7-16 LMS

The Salmon City Council has officially given the go-ahead for construction work to begin on the Island Park Bridge. Westfall Construction will mobilize equipment needed for all the preparations that have to be made for construction above the high water line. No work in the waterway can be done until all agency permits are in place.

City Project Development Coordinator Mary Cerise told the September meeting of the City Council that a draft opinion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been sent to Rob Brochu, US Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Project Manager for the Walla Walla District. Cerise said the NOAA opinion does not contain anything not already in the Biological Assessment and is therefore livable. She said the only draft opinion still not delivered to the Corps is one from the US Fish and Wildlife Service however; she said things are moving along and she expects to see that opinion in a week or two. Cerise said all other pieces are in place from the myriad of federal and state agencies involved and that the final bridge project permit will be issued by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Meanwhile the weather is announcing Winter is on the way which means the construction window is narrowing and the timeline is tight. Cerise emphasized no instream work may take place below the high water line until the permits are in place but there is much that can and must be done now.

Contractor Doug Westfall, who now owns the bridge, said that when the bid was made it was under the assumption that work above the high water mark would begin around August 1st. He said there is a lot that needs to be done prior to the instream work and because of the limited timeframe he predicted the paving work will have to wait until Spring.

Crews will be using the old bridge to haul equipment and materials across the river to the island and once there the existing bridge will be removed. Westfall said the primary materials to haul are the cement barriers and the rip rap. He said a great deal of #9 rebar has to be ordered, which will take time, and that for economic reasons the rebar canít be ordered until the construction specifications have been approved.

The agencies involved have been invited to a pre-construction meeting with the city and contractor Monday morning, September 12, at 9AM.

A City Council motion to officially go forward with a Notice to Proceed to Contractor, Westfall Construction Inc., was unanimously passed.


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