The city of Lewiston has signed off on a plan to better facilitate the use of federal funding designated for resurfacing the Southway Bridge between Lewiston and Clarkston.
Lewiston and Asotin County have jointly owned and maintained the Snake River span with Clarkston and Nez Perce County since its completion in 1982. All four entities will share equally in estimated $2 million cost of the long-planned resurfacing project scheduled for next year. However, Asotin County and Clarkston are relying on federal funding passing through Washington and local agencies to cover their portions of the cost.
Washington law requires that a state agency be designated as the lead entity to receive the funding, so the City of Lewiston on Monday agreed to appoint Asotin County as the lead for the project. Lewiston and Nez Perce County have had their $500,000 funding shares on hand for years.
Officials are hopeful the final cost comes in below the $2 million amount.
Bids will be solicited next month, and construction should begin around May. (Lewiston Tribune)