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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2012 10:00 am

DOVER — Governor Butch Otter and other officials will be on hand today for a dedication ceremony for the new U.S. Highway 2 bridge in Dover.

The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. beneath the bridge. Signs will be posted for parking and dedication site location.

Dover’s Depression-era truss bridge was replaced a 72-foot-wide steel structure with no overhead encumbrances. The highway has been realigned and includes improved access into the city and a bicycle/pedestrian trail, the Idaho Transportation Department said.

The project accommodates future expansion of U.S. 2 west of the bridge spanning the Union Pacific railroad to Rocky Point east of the bridge.

Dover Bridge was one of several projects identified by Gov. Otter and ITD to be built using federal stimulus funds. With current funding levels, the department can fund a major bridge replacement project every 3-4 years. To construct the Dover Bridge would have taken all of the state’s bridge construction funds for several years.

The U.S. 2 corridor through Idaho is a key link in this major east-west highway. As part of the National Highway System, U.S. 2 is a major connection for northern Idaho to Washington and the West Coast, and Montana and points east. The highway also is an important commercial truck route, including international trade with Canada, as well as local commercial truck traffic.

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  • Ralph Mavity posted at 8:35 pm on Tue, Oct 30, 2012.

    Ralph Mavity Posts: 67

    LakeViewer, I also think a plaque, seal, and picture would be nice. The inscription could read, "Does this A$$ make my bridge look fat?"

  • bonnerben posted at 8:43 pm on Mon, Oct 29, 2012.

    bonnerben Posts: 291

    It should also state: "paid for with money Obama borrowed from China. Your children's children will still be paying on the loan long after you are gone."

    What you say: I don't donate money to the state. They pull it out of my pockets against my will. Why couldn't our locally elected state officials obtain the funding? Could it be that the design and expense were way over the top? I'm not privy to all that went on behind the scenes, but this bridge seems like a monstrosity just to get a couple of lanes of traffic over some RR tracks.

    When the state wanted to bypass the old bridge on Highway 95 near Dufort Road, they simply ran the road around it. For this bridge, they cut through an enormous amount of rock, and experienced a large amount of problems, such as unpredicted rock strata, and improper bolts by the contractor. Why couldn't they have replaced the old bridge in the same location, or built a new one alongside of the old one? (As was done with the Longbridge.)

  • Jaake posted at 3:24 am on Mon, Oct 29, 2012.

    Jaake Posts: 232

    LakeViewer, Yes there should be a plaque on the bridge, reading "Your tax Dollars at work"

  • bonnerben posted at 12:56 pm on Sun, Oct 28, 2012.

    bonnerben Posts: 291

    An ignoramus, WOW, what a big word. I just love it when you compliment me! I have this self imposed policy of NOT jumping through hoops every time someone tells me to go look something up. Please tell us ignoramuses what article 1 section 8 of the constitution states. While you're at it, where in the constitution does it mention borrowing money from China?

  • wilson posted at 9:03 pm on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    wilson Posts: 1076

    Lakeviewer - your post of 8:03 has you smelling like a week old open sardine can - I know you are just funnin' with us hicks, but your imagination is really turning sick - get help, man!!!

  • Highwayman posted at 2:22 pm on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    Highwayman Posts: 76

    Bonnerben you are a true ignoramus. The federal government DOES CREATE MONEY. Read the constitution. Article 1 Section 8.

  • Here's What I Say posted at 1:31 pm on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    Here's What I Say Posts: 1240

    bben, Is that why you donate lots of money to local and state programs that improve all our lives. If any of you ever drove across that bridge in the past, you would know how dangerous it was and how much we needed yet, though the state wouldn't make these improvements...yet it taxes us to death. And what do we get for all our state taxes paid? Cronyism in Boise from our red state leaders.

  • bonnerben posted at 12:11 pm on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    bonnerben Posts: 291

    There is no such thing as "federal money." The federal government does not create money. It taxes the working people to fill its coffers. I agree with Jaake. Obama didn't build that bridge, he borrowed money from China to have the bridge built. Perhaps we should call it the China bridge.

  • LakeViewer posted at 8:03 am on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    LakeViewer Posts: 919

    Jaake, you are correct. However, when a major project is completed we must always give credit to some politician. For example, take note of the plaque in the foyer of the former federal building. They should at least install a brass plaque on the Obama bridge with the presidential seal and an image of the President. Since it was completed with federal money, state and local politicians would not qualify for the honor.

    What you think?

  • Jaake posted at 7:10 am on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    Jaake Posts: 232

    Obama didn't build the bridge! The tax payers did!!!!!!

  • Corey Greve posted at 7:52 pm on Fri, Oct 26, 2012.

    Corey Greve Posts: 920

    I like the bridge, but I swear it was the longest road construction project I have seen. For what was accomplished, it seemed to drag on forever.

  • wilson posted at 4:48 pm on Fri, Oct 26, 2012.

    wilson Posts: 1076

    Swell! Obama bridge? It would forever be known as shallow, un-american and a lie -

  • LakeViewer posted at 4:04 pm on Fri, Oct 26, 2012.

    LakeViewer Posts: 919

    It is nice to have this bridge open. President Obama has taken a lot of flak in Idaho for the federal economic stimulus program. This is an example of what the money has accomplished locally. It provided many jobs, and now we have a new bridge which complements the area. ITD and the contractors get a thumbs up from me. It looks great.

    In a salute to President Obama, we should now call it the Obama bridge rather than the Dover bridge. I bet the Idaho R's, who were there for the dedication, would have no part of that!