The Lewiston Tribune reports this morning about the Manning Crevice Bridge, in some ways the major remnant of the biggest highway project never finished in Idaho history. To get to the bridge, you travel east from Riggins (which is on Highway 95) about 14 miles; what you encounter is an 80-year-old bridge across the Salmon River badly in need of repair if it’s to be continued in use. The bridge is the easternmost main development in what was intended to be a road running east along the Salmon River all the way to North Fork, just a few highway miles north of the city of Salmon – creating a highway link between the two parts of Idaho, west and east. It’s a fascinating thought, and would likely have become a wonderful drive, had it been built. It might also have discouraged wilderness area designations in that in-between area. And there is this to consider: We don’t necessarily need roads between everywhere. Not many people, only a few, really would have had much need of the Riggins-Salmon road. As a connector between Salmon (which isn’t a large population center to start with), it would not have been an improvement on the current main route between the two, which runs through Idaho City, Stanley and Challis – the two routes would have taken about the same amount of time. It would have only a little quicker than the current route from Salmon to Lewiston over route 12, and no benefit at all headed to up Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. The story today used to phrase “road to nowhere,” which isn’t right; but “road to why” might be applicable. – rsShare on Facebook
The Northwest generally has had a decent water year, for the most part not enough water for flooding, but enough to at least come close to normal averages for purposes from agriculture to domestic to fish habitat. California has been less fortunate.
California is in a bad drought, and those conditions extend just about all the way north to Oregon. Conditions have actually resulted in street protests, and the biggest piece of failed legislation in this year’s legislative session (which ended on Saturday) was a massive collection of water efforts. (A special session might be called to revisit it.)
Close to Oregon, there’s some prospective Northwest impact. Fish are suffering in the northern river basins, including in the Klamath River, which straddles California and Oregon. The San Francisco Chronicle devoted a lead article to the subject today. As hot a topic as have been water flows in the Klamath, expect this subject to rise again in the next few months.Share on Facebook