Friday, June 22, 2012

Highway projects in south progress

Seal coat being applied near Timmerman Junction


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Knife River Corp. began applying a seal coat Wednesday to state Highway 75 north of Timmerman Junction. That work is expected to be completed by Monday. Photo by Roland Lane

Knife River Corp. is putting the final touches on highway construction resurfacing projects in the Timmerman Junction area south of Bellevue.

After finishing resurfacing a 3.6-mile section of state Highway 75 north of the junction in late May, Knife River began Wednesday applying a chip-seal coat to the new surface. The seal coat will actually cover about five miles of highway, including a portion that was resurfaced in 2011.

The Idaho Transportation Department reported that the seal coat work should be completed by Monday.

After that, Knife River is scheduled to apply a chip-seal coat to a 10-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 20 on either side of Timmerman Junction. Resurfacing of that portion of highway was completed earlier this month. ITD reported that the chip-seal work should be done by June 29.

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ITD reported that additional seal-coating work will be performed this month on Highway 20 in the vicinities of Fairfield and Picabo.

Farther north, ITD reported that Knife River is still planning to apply a micro-seal to a 6.75-mile stretch of Highway 75 between Hailey and Ketchum, starting the fourth week of July and continuing into early August. That portion of highway was resurfaced in 2011.

ITD has still not announced when this summer that Knife River will apply a seal coat to a 28-mile section of Highway 75 north of Ketchum between Frenchman Creek and Stanley. That portion of highway was also resurfaced in 2011.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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