Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Highway work suspended for holiday

Knife River finishes road projects near Timmerman Junction

Express Staff Writer

The Idaho Transportation Department announced late last week that highway work throughout the state will be suspended July 3-5.

The suspension should have no effect on highway travelers in Blaine County, as roadwork here has already been finished or has not yet been started.

In a separate announcement, ITD declared that contractor Knife River Corp. has finished two highway projects in the vicinity of Timmerman Junction, in southern Blaine County. One involved resurfacing a 3.6-mile section of state Highway 75 north of the junction and applying a chip-seal coat to the new surface. The second involved resurfacing and applying a chip-seal coat to a 10-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 20 both east and west of Timmerman.

Knife River still has unfinished business on two other Highway 75 projects that it started last year.

ITD announced that Knife River "is expected to begin" on Monday, July 9, applying a seal coat to a 28-mile stretch of highway north of Ketchum between Frenchman Creek and Stanley. The work is expected to last less than two weeks. Drivers in that area can expect delays of up to 15 minutes.

As early as Monday, July 23, Knife River will be back in the Wood River Valley applying a micro-seal to a 6.75-mile section of highway between Hailey and Ketchum. The work is expected to last two weeks, and drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes as the roadway will be reduced to one-lane in some areas.

Terry Smith:

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