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State approves money to help repair Bliss Bridge

BOISE – Gov. Dirk Kempthorne this week announced that a $96,410 Idaho Community Development Block Grant had been awarded to Twin Falls County to make repairs to the Bliss Bridge.

The bridge was closed in November after two underwater inspections determined its foundation was unstable.

"The repair of the Bliss Bridge will allow the families isolated by the closure to resume normal access to their properties and provide for quick response time for fire and emergency medical services," Kempthorne said in a news release.

In February, the boards of the Twin Falls and Bliss highway districts voted to award a $216,349 contract, plus about $20,000 in engineer fees, to DBM Contractors of Federal Way, Wash., to repair the bridge.

In addition to the state grant, the project includes funding from Twin Falls and Gooding counties, the Twin Falls and Bliss highway districts and the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council.

The target date to complete the project is May 15, Twin Falls Highway District Director Dave Burgess has said.


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