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Replacement Options For 77-Year-Old Bridge In Bliss Subject Of Public Meeting Wednesday

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By Paul Johnson

Bliss, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) – The public is invited to attend an open house Wednesday, March 6 to discuss alternative proposals for the reconstruction of the U.S. 30 bridge crossing over the Union Pacific Railroad west of Bliss, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.
The open house will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lunch room at the Bliss School, 601 East U.S. 30.
The bridge, located about one mile west of Bliss along the I-84 business loop, was constructed in 1936 and is traveled by about 1,500 vehicles per day.
ITD staff will answer questions and gather comments about the three alternatives for reconstruction and how each will impact traffic in the area. Different types of construction, traffic-control plans, cost estimates and duration of work for each alternative will be discussed.
The alternatives include a single-phased option that requires a road closure and detour, a multi-phased option that will keep the roadway open but is longer in duration, and roadway realignment that requires land purchases.
ITD is collecting input from members of the public to determine which alternative will be chosen for design and construction. The bridge is currently scheduled to be replaced in fiscal year 2016.


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