Folks in the tiny mountain hamlet of Crouch probably have a legitimate beef with the Boise County Commishes when it comes to construction of a new bridge across the Middle Fork of the Payette River. Some residents call it overkill, according to quotes in a KTVB story Tuesday.
The ancient single lane span has outlived its safe life and needs replacing, but the Commishes have spent about $300,000 on design of a two laner with bike lanes on either side. The design is without character or imagination, but probably quite functional.
With all the timber and logging activity in the area, it would be a good community project to cut the wood and build a roof and timber frame onto the new cement span. Like an Amish barn raising, it could be done in a day or two with proper planning and make news across the country.
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