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Boaters and floaters beware - the 1-90 bridge piers create an extreme hazard to boaters and floaters on the Blackfoot River where it flows through Milltown. Due to their immense size, the piers create a "blender-like" turbulence between the engineered structures. Deceptive in appearance, the pier footings are larger above water than they are below waterline, creating a cavity below where a floater could get pinned under or against in the turbulence.

From the Bonner millsite downstream logs and debris like saw blades, pipes, and iron lie submerged beneath the water's surface, creating further risks to floater safety. I recently voiced my concern at the May 25 Milltown Redevelopment Working Group meeting where the topic of the 1-90 bridge piers was discussed. While the river remains closed at present and violators are being cited for trespass, once the river is reopened to the public the very real hazards may still remain. Millions of dollars were spent to create this hazard, I hope it doesn't take a floater's death to correct the problem.

Robert Starr, Milltown

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