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..4m Page 20 Wednesday, June 20, 2012 The Adams County Record Where is This? I guess I'm on a waterfall theme. Maybe it's because there were everal wrong guesses naming other ones for last week's photo, q-here are several interesting waterfalls in the county. This picture was sent by Gayle Dixon. Get your guesses in by 4:00 on Monday. 253-6961 or record@ctcweb. net. q-he prize for this week is your choice of a wooden light switch cover or oven tool from "All About Wood." Last week's falls were one of Adams County's hidden treasures: Goose Creek Falls. We received only two correct answers, and the winner, drawn completely at random by our honest and expert staff, is Melody Capener of Payette. (The other correct answer was from Dave Mink.) The prize for last week's correct answer was one of Gary Jones' Seven Devils hiking guides. q-he falls are only a third of a mile from the Brundage Mountain Road as the crow flies, but I think that third of a mile is steeper and rougher than sane people would want to hike. I'm told the best trailhead to reach the falls is at the snowmobile parking lot along Brundage Mountain Road south of the ski hill. Melody says, "The trail starts there and it is only about a mile down to Goose Creek, with a nice foot bridge over the creek. The trail is pretty good and drops steadily down from the Brundage-Goose Lake Road. The trail meets up with one running on the other side of Goose Creek from Last Chance Campground that continues on up past the falls toward Brundage Reservoir. (There is also a trail that follows the creek 'coming out of Brundage Reservoir that drops down to meet up with the Goose Creek trail; however, there isn't a nice bridge across Goose Creek there, although there was a log.) She also said even though the hike from Last Chance Campground is longer, it isn't as steep and she liked that route better. She added, "I went this way in 2008. A year or so earlier they did a lot of work on that trail. Hopefully it is still in nice shape." Melody sent photos of the trail, and it looks very well maintained. A sign at the bridge that she mentioned says it is mile to the falls from the bridge, 2 miles from Last Chance Campground to the falls,, and 2 miles from Brundage Reservoir to the falls. If you look on Google Earth, find the ski lodg e at Brundage Mountain, and then look up to the left (NW) about of a mile at a little sharper than a 4S-degree angle until you come to Goose Creek. There is a square indicating a photo that you can click on and see a picture that someone took of the falls when more water was coming over it. Side note: I've been informed that the Crystal Lake photo from a few weeks ago does not actually show the lake. The water in the foreground is a smaller pool near the lake. Cascade Road and Bridge Work A replacement of the North Fork Payette River Bridge in downtown Cascade and two miles of pavement resurfacing on Idaho 55 in town will begin in mid-July, q-he roadwork is expected to finish in late August, while the bridge work will extend into summer 2013. "There may be significant impacts to drivers, both those in town and those just passing through," said Jayme Coonce, ITD project manager. "We'll make every effort to keep delays and inconveniences at a minimum, but with work of this magnitude, some level of interruption is unavoidable." The existing roadway is in very poor condition, with cracking and potholing. The resurfacing will repair these. The project extends from milepost 114- 116 (from south of the bridge to the north end). A CRABS (Cement Recycled Asphalt Base Stabilization) resurfacing method will be used on the section north and south. CRABS involves grinding the existing roadway down to the gravel base, then adding cement to the old asphalt. This process extends the Begin life of the roadway. A In addition, no work that will eventually replace complete reconstruction will take place north of the old (built in 1933), will be done on the section Patterson Street until after narrow, width-restricted through the town's center. July 28 to accommodate bridge with one more than Pedestrian ramps the Four Summit Bike twice aswide. also will be upgraded to Challenge, and no work The existing one is 24 meet ADA standards in will interfere with traffic feet wide, and will be this project, q-he city of flow during the Valley replaced with a 60-foot Cascade also will replace County Fair (Aug. 6-11). wide, 393-foot long, some pipes in this project. C & A Paving, of Boise, three-span bridge. The In town, the three is the contractor on this newbridge will have two through lanes will be $1.86 million project. 12-foot lanes, two ll-foot reduced to one during Bridgework shoulders and a 14-foot the roadwork portion of Starting at about the median. this project. Flaggers will same time in mid-July, a In addition, a paved be used to guide traffic, one-yearproiectwillbegin extension will be and speed limits could be reduced in the work zone. While crews are rebuilding intersections, there will be detours on the local roads and side streets in place leading to the open intersection. The open intersection will change as the project progresses. No parking will be allowed on Idaho 55 within the active work zone, but alternate parking will be available on the side streets. Reasonable access to businesses will be maintained during business working hours. No work is expected on nights or weekends, but is not prohibited if needed. From noon Friday to 7 a.m. Monday, one lane of traffic in each direction will be kept open. by Reed Hollinshead, IDT constructed to the dirt shared-use path under the bridge on the north side of the river that provides access from both sides of the bridge to the new riverside park. There will be traffic interruptions while the new roadway section leading to the new bridge is built. Flaggers will be used if lane restrictions are required. From Monday through Thursday, work that limits drivers to one lane in .##ch direction is only ali0wed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Two lanes will be maintained between noon Friday and noon Monday. A river safety and navigation plan will  in place for recreationalsts who use this section of the river. Wadsworth Brothers Construction Co. Inc., of Draper, Utah, is the apparent low bidder on this $4.83 million project. This 79-year-old bridge at Cascade will be replaced this summer.