March 18th, 2010

The Idaho Transportation Department has selected Wadsworth Brothers Construction to reconstruct the Slate Creek Bridge on State Road 75 over the Salmon River at milepost 213. The bridge site is located approximately nine miles west of Clayton, Idaho. Construction is slated to begin in May 2010.

The original bridge was erected in 1938 and is vital to east/west travel between Stanley and Challis, Idaho. The bridge was showing signs of deterioration and was recommended for replacement.

The new Slate Creek Bridge will be constructed 38 feet upstream, adjacent to the current bridge. It will be a 450-foot long, 3-span structure with two piers located at the water’s edge during normal summer flows. The new bridge will be wider and although it has a railing, motorist will still be able to view the river.

Construction is anticipated to occur over a two-year period, with traffic continuing across the old bridge until the new bridge is completed. The entrance to Slate Creek Road will be moved and realigned accordingly. Access over the bridge may be greatly restricted and temporary road closures may be necessary. Every effort will be made to notify the public of extended delays and closures well in advance of the event.

Wadsworth Brothers Construction is the premiere bridge builder in the western United States and has received national recognition for innovative design and construction. Notable bridge projects include: The Eccles Legacy Pedestrian Bridge at the University of Utah, the only cable-stay bridge in the state; The Hurricane Arch Bridge spanning the Virgin River near Hurricane, UT; and The Lego Bridges Project on I-215 in Salt Lake City. The company is currently building a $38.5 million dollar contract for UDOT that will construct two 1,022 foot concrete segmental bridges over the Colorado River in Moab, UT.

Wadsworth Brothers was founded in 1991 and has grown into one of the top highway and bridge contractors in the Intermountain West. The company has evolved into a multifaceted construction company with three different divisions including: Heavy Highway/ Bridge and Structures Division; Building Division (Vertical Parking Structures); and a Pre-Cast Division. Wadsworth Brothers employs over 200 employees and has a reputation for tackling the toughest jobs in the heavy-highway market.