|ISLAND PARK BRIDGE UPDATE|
BRIDGE PROGRESS REPORT 10-19-16 LMS
City Community Development Project Director Mary Cerise confirmed the need for a new Island Park Bridge at the October 19 meeting of the Salmon City Council.
In her bridge building progress report she mentioned the east side footing and abutment forms that went in the week before the Council meeting and the removal of the old west side bridge abutment.
Cerise said the removal took place ahead of schedule due to the lack of the abutmentís stability. She said the footing on that wall was practically non-existent, which is why the bridge was condemned, and it was starting to lean towards the river. The footing was excavated and pulled back away from the water. Forms for the new west side footer will be installed and poured soon and then that wall will be set.
The massive amount of water in the Salmon River is being a challenge and Cerise said some of the planned work techniques are having to be re-examined. She reaffirmed her faith in Contractor Doug Westfall who has been able to resolve all the unexpected and unforeseen impediments. Cerise also acknowledged greatly appreciated agency assistance and support from the US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA Fisheries (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,) and the local office of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
In answer to a question from Council President Jim Baker about the city being able to perform waterline work Cerise said now that the Salmon River has been designated as a navigable river the city can no longer do in-the-water work such as city maintenance of the water line which feeds the bar hill, without the proper permit. She said that for some time she has been working on the required permit and is inquiring as to whether the city can take advantage of the present low water level to do needed maintenance. She said a lot depends on how the agencies feel and how performing the work will reflect on the recent Biological Assessment which was conducted as part of the current bridge project.
She said the maintenance work canít be a separate project. It would have to be tied into the current project which at this point cannot be jeopardized. She said she is working on the required permit application and visiting with the agencies involved. Cerise said while it would be great to be able to do the maintenance work during the bridge project, it is probably not an option since nothing should be done to jeopardize completion of the bridge.
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