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Kooskia works to save bridge from closure

Plans to install water spash pad at city park

East Kooskia Bridge looking toward U.S. Highway 12.

Photo by David Rauzi
East Kooskia Bridge looking toward U.S. Highway 12.

— The Kooskia City Council offered an update on efforts to prevent closure of the East Kooskia Bridge at its Nov. 9 meeting. The city had approved a measure at its Oct. 12 meeting to write the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) asking them to make necessary upgrades or plan for eventual replacement.

Previously, ITD issued a 3-ton weight restriction on the East Kooskia Bridge and advised the city it may close the bridge in the event of heavy snow. Concern was raised at the Oct. 12 meeting about the economic impact to the community were the bridge to close.

Bonnie Willis has researched the history of the bridge and launched a campaign “Save the East Kooskia Bridge.” At the previous month’s meeting, she had collected 800 signatures in favor of saving the bridge.

City Clerk Teresa Lytle and Mayor Charlotte Schilling composed a letter and sent it to ITD along with a letter prepared by Mark Anderson of the Kooskia Fire Department. The letters also were sent to local legislators relaying the city’s concern for maintaining the historical significance and economic impact the bridge has in the community. It also was noted Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll has communicated with ITD on behalf of the city.

The city received a response from David Kuisti, ITD district 2 engineer, who relayed comprehension of the city’s concerns. He explained the department must balance competing needs throughout the state to deliver the best value for all of Idaho’s citizens.

ITD plans to continue to inspect and analyze the safety of the bridge. Kuisti will notify the city once a course of action has been determined.


The change of colors at Kooskia City Park this month. Plans are under way to install a water splash pad at the city property adjacent to the South Fork of the Clearwater River.

Plans to install water spash pad at city park

A donation by Freedom Northwest Credit Union has been made to install a water splash pad in the Kooskia City Park. A representative of the credit union met with the council and provided drawings of the proposed development.

“We are in the process of design right now,” Schilling said. “We’ve got the design in the works and we’ve got the funds for it. We’re waiting on the weather right now.”

She said the water lines have been dug, and the electrician will go in next to install power lines. Once the weather accommodates work, the city will start pouring cement. Schilling said the splash pad will be complete by the start of spring.

She decribed the water feature as one inner sculpture of a person surrounded by six or eight pads. The person in the center sprays water from his hat and hands into the air and over to the pads.

The credit union also asked the city to purchase benches to complement the splash pad. A motion was approved to order the benches with inscriptions identifying the credit union as the splash pad donor.

Other agenda items:

• A contract with Simmons Sanitation was extended for 10 years. The current contract was set to expire in December 2016.

• Michelle Bly with TD&H Engineering of Lewiston gave an update on the Broadway Avenue sidewalk project. She states advertisements for bids are proceeding on schedule and bid opening is set for Dec. 8.

• Monthly, quarterly and previous year financial reports were made available for review.

The next meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Dec. 14.


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