2 Million Pound Bridge Slid Into Place Using Dish Soap
The Lardo Bridge is the first new bridge to be built by the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) using the lateral slide construction method, which reduces a full closure of the bridge by months. Now that the new bridge is in place (view the time-lapse video), crews will need to complete additional work before opening the bridge. Lardo Bridge is expected to be opened to traffic by mid-November.
The City of McCall worked closely with ITD, and later with Wadsworth Construction to ensure the new bridge would safely accommodate walkers and bikers and highlight the natural beauty and connection with the lake and river. From the beginning, city staff insisted on a high quality design that would match McCall’s community character and meet the McCall Design Guidelines and the goals of the Comprehensive Plan, Pathways Master Plan, and the Complete Streets Policy.
The bike lanes, sidewalks and viewing platform are a result of thinking about the bridge as more of a linear park in addition to the important transportation and recreational connection. The bridge will have six public art pedestals for future public art pieces. The new bridge design incorporates a “celebration of water” in the details of the railing, sidewalk and pedestals. There will also be two interpretative signs referencing the local area history including the previous Lardo bridges.
Video courtesy of ITD.