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US-95: Long Bridge Repairs

Repairs to both the bridge for vehicles and the bridge for pedestrians will keep them in service longer.

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Construction in 2021

Vehicular bridge

Expansion joints that help the structure adjust to changing temperatures will be replaced, and supporting structures underneath will be repaired.

A special protective coating will be applied to the guardrail.

Navigation lights for boaters under the bridge will be replaced with more efficient light bulbs that need less maintenance.

Pedestrian bridge

Portions of the walking surface will be repaired.

The joints that connect different sections of the bridge will be replaced with ones that are flush with the surface and easier to walk over.

Navigation lights for boaters under the bridge will be replaced with more efficient light bulbs that need less maintenance.

History

The original bridge across Lake Pend Oreille was built in 1956, and it served two lanes of traffic until the new bridge replaced it in 1981.

In December 2016, ITD spent $2 million to reseal the deck of the vehicular bridge to protect it from weather and repair supporting structures.

The upcoming repairs are a result of a November 2018 study that identified maintenance items to be addressed to allow both structures to reach 100 years in service.

More repairs are expected to follow before replacement of both bridges, which at this time is not scheduled.

Inspectors examine the vehicular bridge on US-95 over Lake Pend Oreille to Sandpoint.
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