The Idaho Transportation Department is making plans to rehabilitate and retrofit the bridge to improve safety, functionality and economic opportunity in the region.
Constructed in 1951, some components of the Clearwater Memorial Bridge are nearing the end of their service life.Read More
The new bridge deck will include the same number of lanes on US-12 but provide wider shoulders and sidewalks as well as a painted median. As a result of a feasibility study in 2018, ITD will replace the deck using the existing piers.
Construction is expected to begin as early as 2023 and could take two seasons.fact sheet
This project was developed with input from the community, with an open house held in 2019, a survey deployed in 2020 and stakeholder meetings held throughout design.
Joint repairs to the westbound lanes were completed.Read more
ITD surveyed stakeholders about possible impacts during construction.survey
ITD held a public open house to gather input about the project.
Crews drilled into the southeast corner of the bridge in June 2019 to examine soil quality. From a barge near the bridge, crews analyzed the riverbed to help determine the best way to increase the bridge’s weight capacity.
The preliminary analysis included geotechnical and hydraulic evaluations. Geotechnical work determined the load-bearing capacity and the settlement potential of the rock below the bridge footings. Examinations of the hydraulics around the bridge showed the impacts the river has had, and can potentially have in the future, on the piers and foundations.
In October 2021, crews will replace the failing joints in the eastbound lanes. Read more.