Friday, July 19, 2013

Highway construction enters Stage 2

Expect longer delays for week of July 29

Express Staff Writer

    The Idaho Transportation Department reported Wednesday that construction on a 3.25-mile section of state Highway 75 is now in Stage 2, which includes construction of southbound lanes, installation of drainage facilities and the building of a noise wall at Drashner Trailer Park and a retaining wall near Owl Rock Road.
    The project involves converting the highway into a four-lane road from Timber Way just north of East Fork Road to the bridge over the Big Wood River near St. Luke’s Wood River hospital.
    Construction was started in May and is expected to last into late fall and possibly into the spring.
    ITD is reminding drivers to use caution when traveling through the construction zone, to be mindful of flaggers, slow traffic and construction vehicles entering and exiting the work zone.
    ITD reported that utility work continues in several areas of the work zone and will continue through the project as necessary.
    Soil contamination remains at the former Dean Tire location. ITD reported that the highway contractor, Idaho Sand and Gravel Co. of Jerome, will remove contaminated soil, underground tanks and building materials once testing is complete.
    Also under way is the installation of storm drainpipes and infiltration ponds at various locations throughout the construction zone.
    A rock retaining wall is being built at the Rivers Edge area of the highway, and that work will continue for another two weeks.
    Farther south, construction of a noise wall at Drashner Trailer Park is now under way. ITD reported that concrete footings are now being built and that construction of the wall will last through mid-August.
    Construction of a retaining wall near Owl Rock Road is planned to begin the week of July 29. ITD advises that longer-than-usual traffic delays may be encountered during that week when traffic will be reduced to one lane while a pipe is installed for the Comstock ditch

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