Friday, June 28, 2013

Be prepared for lane shifting on highway

Widening project remains on schedule, ITD says

    Motorists traveling through the construction zone south of Ketchum should be prepared for lane shifting as work continues on widening a 3.25-mile section of state Highway 75.
    In a construction update issued Wednesday, the Idaho Transportation Department announced that paving of a temporary lane on the east side of the road between Cold Springs and the north end of the project was to be completed on Thursday in preparation for lane shifting today.
    Also today, obliteration of old roadway striping and installation of new lane striping should be under way. ITD advises that drivers should be prepared for altering traffic patterns until striping is finished.
    Elsewhere, removal of structures in the new right-of-way for the expansion continues north of the Hospital Drive intersection. ITD reported that the contractor, Idaho Sand and Gravel Co., of Jerome, is removing contaminated soils, underground tanks and building materials associated with the homes and businesses. Soil-contamination testing continues at the former Dean Tire location.
    Utility relocation remains active in several areas of the construction zone. Also, work continues on a new signal at the intersection of Hospital Drive.
    ITD said road construction on Highway 75 and elsewhere throughout the state will be suspended from July 3-5.
    ITD reported that Stage 2 construction activities will begin about July 8. Stage 2 involves construction of the southbound lanes and shoulder work. At that time, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction throughout the entire work zone and a maximum 45-mile-per hour speed limit will go into effect. The speed limit will be 35 miles per hour in some areas.
    Stage 2 work includes construction of the southbound lanes complete with drainage facilities, a noise wall at the Drashner Trailer Park and a pile wall at the rock outcrop near Owl Rock Road.
    Stage 3 work is expected to begin in September. It will involve reconstruction of the northbound lanes.
    The ultimate goal of the project is to widen the highway to two lanes in each direction from a point north of East Fork Road to the Big Wood River bridge north of St. Luke’s hospital.

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