LEWISTON, ID - Repairs to the Clearwater Memorial Bridge are scheduled to start tonight and run until the end of next week. During this time, joints on the westbound lanes that allow the bridge to expand and contract with the weather will be replaced, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.
Both directions of traffic will be reduced to one lane each weeknight from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Drivers will be directed to the eastbound side of the bridge to give crews room to work.
Work is scheduled at night to minimize impacts to commuters. However, the nighttime transport of oversized loads between Lewiston and Canada may cause short delays as they leave the port and head north on US95 for the next two months.
A project in 2023 will rehabilitate the 1951 structure, but the joints will not be able to support traffic until then without significant maintenance costs and must be addressed now. Below is an Idaho Transportation Department rendering of how the bridge is expected to look following the rehabilitation project, in 2023.