Saturday, May 18, 2024

Wallace bridge project begins in two weeks

Staff Writer | April 16, 2024 1:07 AM

WALLACE — The replacement project for Wallace’s Sixth Street Bridge is scheduled to begin April 29. 

The bridge, which crosses the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River and provides access from Wallace to Nine-Mile Canyon and Dobson Pass, was put under severe weight restrictions six years ago. A year later, a temporary bridge was placed across the structure to allow heavier vehicles to pass over it and it has been in place since. 

In February, Wallace’s City Council approved a bid from Apollo General Contracting for $3.8 million to complete the project. 

“Constructing the new bridge is expected to take about 167 working days, which is a lot less than it took to get to this point,” Councilwoman Michele Bisconer said. 

Initially scheduled for replacement in 2026, the city was informed earlier this year that the project had been moved up to this spring. 

Much of the funding has come from federal grants as well as the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council’s Local Rural Highway Investment Program. 

“Preconstruction meetings have started, timelines established, and the project is underway,” Bisconer said. 

"During construction, the temporary bridge will remain, be utilized and may be moved from one side of the bridge to the other," she said. "After construction is complete, the city will begin the process to sell the temporary bridge.” 

HMH Engineering designed the bridge and will assist Apollo in its development. 

According to Bisconer, the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, which runs on the Nine-Mile side of the bridge, will remain open during construction.  

“Representatives from Apollo are working with the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes on a specific plan to create a buffer zone for pedestrian and bicycle traffic between the Bentham Road entrance to the temporary signals in the construction zone,” she said.

Some summer events traditionally held under the bridge may be impacted, but the city will work with those specific event organizers on alternative solutions, Bisconer said.