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Isa Lake Bridge

A plan to reconstruct Isa Lake Bridge located on Craig Pass at the Continental Divide has been approved and signed by the National Park Service Intermountain Regional Director.  Park Spokesman Dan Hottle says reconstruction of the bridge, which spans a section of Craig Pass connecting West Thumb and Old Faithful, is needed to bring the structure up to current design standards, improve safety, increase vehicle load capacity and preserve the historic integrity of the bridge. He says the Isa Lake Bridge is a 70 year-old bridge which require quite a bit of work because it will have to be brought up to highway standards and widened; and will need improved footing on the bottom of the lake.  Hottle says the project will also involve repairing some of the pull-outs on either end of the bridge.  At the same time, Hottle says it is the park’s objective to keep the bridge’s visual historic impact intact. Hottle says under the construction plan, a temporary bridge spanning the lake just north of the existing bridge will be erected and the flora and fauna distinctive to the lake will be preserved.  He says the project will proceed when funding becomes available through the Federal Lands Highway Program and will take approximately two years to complete.

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