Saturday, November 23, 2013

Emegency Disaster Declaration Issued for Crumbling Idaho Bridge

Posted By on Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Idaho has more than its share of bridges that are in less than ideal condition. Yet one particular span, in Idaho County, is so bad that officials had to formally issue a disaster declaration to fix a bridge off of State Highway 14 west of Elk City.

The Idaho County Free Press reports that residents of a community on the far side of the South Fork Clearwater River have been without access to emergency services since 2012, when the Fall Creek Bridge was closed to "conventional" vehicles. Simply put, the bridge hasn't been able to adequately support automobiles, let alone fire engines or ambulances. Making matters worse, Idaho County officials determined that without even a partial renovation, the bridge was "prone to a complete collapse" during snow runoffs in the spring of 2014.

A stop-gap partial repair is under way at the cost of $135,000, which could be covered by state or federal grants, due to the disaster declaration. But construction crews are battling the elements in their hopes to finish the job before the snow flies.

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