|The 1996 bridge was snowmobilers' community effort.|
According to Woytko,
, Jamie Anderson, went to bat for a bridge replacement, and after two meetings with the Forest Service and ISSA, the Garden Valley Snowmobilers Club was told there was a temporary bridge that they could use. County Commissioner
|The old Scriver Creek Bridge was new once, and |
although she has been replaced, she was a
sturdy old gal who faithfully served snowmobilers
and various "non-approved" vehicles for many years.
“Scriver Creek is a big creek when it starts to melt—spanning forty-feet across the water,” says the busy groomer. “Snowmobilers are funny. If they can load and unload their snowmobiles once, rather than load and unload again, that’s where they want to go. It would really hurt the economy up here, without this very vital bridge. They would go elsewhere.”
Van Valkenburgh agrees. “The bridge serves the snowmobile community as a whole and also summer recreation.”
There was no ceremony to celebrate this critical and, from the sounds of it, much appreciated bridge, which crosses Scriver Creek about five miles up the road from the Middle Fork—just a trail groomer who was thrilled to his bones to know this bridge would make it possible for many snowmobilers to pursue this popular winter sport.
Woytko says ruefully, “They put signs on it that say it’s for snowmobiles and groomers only. The first week, one-hundred-and-fifty cars and pick-ups went over it, looking for Christmas trees. I won’t tell you the license plate numbers, but I think when the Forest Service puts up the permanent bridge, they will put up gates.”