It’s like watching a very complicated, perfectly choreographed dance. Time lapse footage of the construction of our new bridge would be amazing. They are replacing the old bridge that crosses the Payette River on the north end of Cascade just below the dam, near Water’s Edge RV Park and the turnoff to Warm Lake. It was built in 1950 with only two narrow lanes, and for the past year there have been signs at either end instructing big trucks to cross the bridge one at a time.
The progress each day is impressive and traffic is almost never stopped. First they are constructing a whole new section on the east side side of the bridge. Soon traffic will be diverted to the new lanes and the old bridge on the west side will be torn off and replaced. They expect to have the whole thing completed in the next few months – and they just started in May!
The new bridge will have two new lanes, shoulders, and sidewalks – which will excite all those fishermen and women who spend hours fishing from the bridge. The cost will be about 5 million dollars.