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By Dena Martin
The Times 

Bridge Demolition is Underway

Fish are accommodated and history is preserved


Dena Martin

Waitsburg Public Works Director Jim Lynch takes is nice and easy with the backhoe while Jake Adams gently guides the historic light post after separating it from the Main Street Bridge. John Langford (l) did the bulk of the dirty work, sawing the pole from the bridge on a hot Friday afternoon. The light post will eventually become part of a historic display.

WAITSBURG – Contractors wasted no time getting down to business on the demolition of Waitsburg's Main Street Bridge. The bridge was closed, as scheduled, on July 5. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife workers performed in-stream work while contractor, Harry Johnson Excavation and Plumbing began tearing up the Bolles Road side of the bridge access.

WDFW workers placed nets across the Touchet River, both upstream and downstream from the bridge. They then used electrofishing equipment to capture the fish directly under the bridge and place then downstream.

Electrofishing uses the di...

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