Friday, April 26, 2013

Highway work to start next week

Project will widen 3.25-mile section of Highway 75

Express Staff Writer

    The Idaho Transportation Department has announced that road construction will begin next Wednesday, May 1, to widen a 3.25-mile section of state Highway 75 south of Ketchum.
    The work is expected to last until October, though ITD stated in a news release Thursday that “weather or unforeseen circumstances may delay project completion into 2014.”
    “We’re excited to get this project kicked off,” stated Justin Price, resident engineer for ITD District 4 in Shoshone. “This is a project that has been in the works for a long time and we expect construction to go smoothly. But there will be, as with any road construction, a large impact to drivers and their daily commute.”
    The section of highway runs from Timber Way just north of East Fork Road to the bridge over the Big Wood River near St. Luke’s Wood River.
    ITD reported that one lane of traffic will be maintained in both directions while construction is underway but advised that drivers can still expect lane restrictions and occasional delays.
    The work will be performed by Idaho Sand & Gravel Co. of Jerome under a $9.44 million contract with ITD.
    Initial work will include temporarily widening the roadway, removing structures and guardrails, constructing retaining walls and installing a new traffic signal at the highway intersection of Hospital Drive. When the project is completed, the section of highway will have two lanes in each direction, intermittent center turn lanes, turn bays for access into residences and businesses, intersection improvements, curbs and gutters, and retaining walls in some areas.

Terry Smith:

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