Replacement of an 89-year-old bridge over the Middle Fork Smith River is one part of the embattled project. Opponents say a massive slope-cut proposed at the bridge site will result in salmon-harming sediment in the river. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Support for extensive highway project puts county board under fire
Passions flared during the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors meeting this week among both supporters and critics of a $38 million construction project on Highways 199 and 197 that is not underway this summer as scheduled due to an injunction granted in federal court in May at the request of local environmental groups.
The issue was at play due to a resolution the board unanimously passed endorsing the project, which would straighten and widen seven tight spots on highways 199 and 197, including replacing an 89-year-old, narrow bridge with an awkward approach over the Middle Fork Smith.
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