Commissioners approve Nez Perce Tribe Cultural Contract at Ten Mile Bridge

ASOTIN, WA - Asotin County Commissioners approved an agreement allowing monitors and archeologist's permission to be on the grounds of construction for the Ten Mile Bridge.

The Cultural Resources Contract with the Nez Perce Tribe provides the construction site with the necessary personnel for any potential inadvertent discovery of remains or artifacts. In-field services will cost the county up to $64,000, which is reimbursable through project funding.

"We have about two-weeks worth of work left which would bring the project to the point where all we would have to do is pave it in the Spring," said Asotin County Public Works Director Jim Bridges.

Bridges said while the road remains unpaved, it will also be monitored and more rocks will be placed on the bridge. Additional maintenance will be performed as time goes by and more traction becomes necessary. Paving is scheduled to begin in April so those driving in the area should expect a substantial reduction in the speed limit until then.