By Teresa Simpson
Whitman County Gazette 

Hooper Bridge to be rebuilt

Project estimated to cost $2.8-3.5 million


August 31, 2023

WINONA — The Hooper Bridge, a wooden trestle bridge destroyed during the Winona Fire the weekend of Aug. 19-20, is set to be replaced with a steel and concrete trestle.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Janet Matkin said the replacement of the 197-foot bridge near Winona is estimated at a preliminary cost of $2.8 to $3.5 million.

The bridge handles approximately 2,600 rail cars annually, Matkin said.

“Replacement of this bridge is important to businesses in this region,” Matkin said, noting that they utilize the Palouse River and Coulee City (PCC) rail system to move a...

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