Saturday, May 24, 2014

Demolition, Replacement of McCall Bridge Will Reroute ID 55 Traffic

Posted By on Sat, May 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Big changes are coming to traffic in and around McCall right after Labor Day.

This week's McCall Star-News reports that a section of Idaho Highway 55, near the Shore Lodge, will be closed for a month as the 83-year-old Lardo Bridge is torn down and replaced with a new span. A new 157-foot bridge will be constructed just north of the current Lardo Bridge over the North Fork of the Payette River this summer. And when the old bridge is torn down, the new span will be slid into its place, according to the Star-News.

But moving a bridge is a big deal and will take the better part of a month, beginning soon after this Labor Day. When that happens, traffic will be detoured along West Deinhard Lane and Boydstun Street, around the southern end of McCall.

The Star-News reports that the project is expected to cost approximately $5 million.

The new bridge is expected to include a 400-square-foot viewing platform to look out onto Payette Lake.

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