Highway 75 bridges
to be replaced
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
Idaho Transportation Department officials
are planning to reconstruct two bridges on Highway 75 north of Ketchum.
Devin Rigby, ITD district engineer, said
the department is planning to replace this summer the support structure and
surface deck of the North Fork Bridge on Highway 75 near the Sawtooth National
Recreation Area Visitor Center.
Rigby said the project would take
approximately one month, and is estimated to cost approximately $500,000. The
highway will not be closed for the project, but at times traffic may be
restricted to one lane, he noted.
ITD is also planning to replace the
structure and deck of the bridge at Chocolate Gulch, Rigby said. He explained
that the Chocolate Gulch project—which is slated to take place in the summer of
2004—will include adding an extra traffic lane to the span.
Rigby said ITD decided to replace the
bridges when department officials discovered that previous contractors did not
build them exactly according to the plans. "We found the bridges are adequate,
but need to be replaced for the long term," Rigby said.
Rigby added that ITD also plans this
summer to repair sections of the highway road surface in some parts of the Wood
River Valley. He said the "routine maintenance" work will primarily involve
filling in potholes, but might also include replacing some sections of road with
a new asphalt surface.