Friday, June 8, 2012

Highway construction is on schedule

Hailey-to-Ketchum work set for late July


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

The Idaho Transportation Department reported Wednesday that highway construction in the Timmerman Junction area south of Bellevue is on schedule and should be completed this month.

Work started in May on two ITD projects in the Timmerman area. Both contracts were awarded to Knife River Corp., a North Dakota company that worked on three state Highway 75 projects last year in Blaine County.

This year, the first project is for resurfacing a 3.6-mile section of the highway from the Timmerman Junction rest area north toward Bellevue. ITD reported that paving was completed during the week of May 27 and that a chip-seal coat will be applied to the new surface starting about June 15. Applying the chip seal should take about four days.

The second project involves resurfacing a 10-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 20 on both sides of Timmerman Junction. ITD reported that paving began on May 31 and should be completed by June 12. A seal coat will be applied to the new surface after Knife River completes the chip seal on Highway 75.

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Knife River also has unfinished work on two Blaine County projects that were started last year.

ITD reported that application of a micro-seal on a 6.75-mile stretch of Highway 75 between Hailey and Ketchum is scheduled to be done between the fourth week of July and the second week of August.

Farther north, Knife River still needs to put a chip seal coat on a 28-mile section of Highway 75 north of Ketchum between Frenchman Creek and Stanley. A start date for that work has not yet been set. Once started, the project should last about two weeks.

Resurfacing of both the Hailey-to-Ketchum and Frenchman Creek sections of highway was completed late last summer or early fall. However, ITD delayed having seals applied to the new surfaces because warmer temperatures were needed for the seals to properly set.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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