NEAR SANDPOINT, Idaho-- What has been touted as one of the worst bridges in all of America is now officially history. The Dover Bridge in North Idaho near Sandpoint has a modern replacement.
Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter and other dignitaries dedicated the new four-lane Dover Bridge Friday morning. The old trestle bridge, built in the 1930s, has been replaced with a 72-foot-wide steel structure. The project accommodates future expansion of Highway 2 west of the existing highway bridge that spans the Union Pacific railroad to Rocky Point Road east of the bridge.
Dover Bridge was one of several projects identified by Governor Otter and Idaho Department of Transportation to be built using federal stimulus funds.
Construction began in 2009 at a cost to $22 million.