Friday, July 13, 2012

Highway projects on track, ITD says

Hailey-to-Ketchum work to resume July 23


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Sometime later this month, Knife River Corp. will be back at work on state Highway 75 between Hailey and Ketchum, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.

"Right now, the date that I've got is July 23 when that is going to start," ITD District Engineer Devin Rigby said at a Thursday morning meeting of the Blaine County Regional Transportation Committee. "The micro-seal should go pretty fast."

Rigby was referring to a micro-seal that ITD contractor Knife River was supposed to apply last year to a 6.75-mile section of Highway 75 but didn't because of the lateness of the season. The micro-seal, to be applied to the highway from Hailey to just north of East Fork Road and from the bridge over the Big Wood River near St. Luke's Wood River north into Ketchum, follows a new surface that was applied to those sections of highway last September and October.

ITD earlier reported in a press release that the work will take about two weeks.

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Rigby reiterated that a new micro-seal will not be applied to the 3.25-mile section of highway north of East Fork Road to the bridge at the hospital. That micro-seal, now deteriorating, was applied last year. ITD anticipates no further work this year on that section because it will be torn up next year as part of an Highway 75 expansion project.

Farther north, Knife River has been doing preliminary work in preparation of applying a seal-coat on a 28-mile section of Highway 75 between Frenchman Creek and Stanley. ITD Project Development Engineer Walter Burnside said application of the micro-seal will likely begin Monday.

Burnside said two other smaller projects will impact Blaine County drivers this summer—surface patchwork now underway near Galena Summit and maintenance work at the intersection of Highway 75 and Saddle Road in north Ketchum. He said the Saddle Road work will last two or three days and will be started after Labor Day.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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