Dworshak Hatchery Bridge dismantled after years of use

OROFINO, ID - The landscape near the Dworshak Hatchery is forever changed as a major project is underway.

Reporter Sophia Miraglio tells us how the construction is going, as an old bridge is torn down and forward progress rolls on.

Only remnants now remain of a hatchery bridge that was built in the late 60's.

"Its deteriorated and been deemed unsafe and so they wanted to demo the existing bridge," said McMillen Construction Project Assistant, Matt Wilson.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has hired McMillen Construction out of Boise to complete the project.

"After we excavate we will install some storm drains, just a little bit of pipes, catch basins and man holes, a couple culverts," said Wilson. "And then we just grade our sub-base for the new road."

So instead of a bridge that goes over the railroad track, visitors of the hatchery will soon drive right over the train tressels. A safer and more effective option.

"Put in an at grade road crossing that way they don't have to worry about the size of the truck going over the bridge and that sort of thing," said Wilson.

With a project this large, time is of the essence.

"Well right now we're in an 18 day road closure and there's only one access in the Dworshak Fish Hatchery and we're working right now about 7, 10 to 12 hour days," said Wilson.

The project is on schedule and traffic is planned to resume on January 18th, and not a day longer as the hatchery has enough fish food only to last until then.

Despite the road opening on the 18th, the entire project which includes landscaping won't be completed until April.