Friday, July 25, 2014

Highway paving set to start next week

ITD still projecting September finish date for road work

Express Staff Writer

Crews prepare the northbound lanes of state Highway 75 for paving, which is expected to start next week. Photo by Roland Lane

    Paving is expected to start the week of July 28 on the northbound lanes of the state Highway 75 construction project south of Ketchum. The two southbound lanes were finished earlier this summer and are now being used to move traffic, northbound and southbound, through the 3.25-mile construction zone.
    In a construction update issued Wednesday, the Idaho Transportation Department explained that roadway preparation is nearly complete for paving, but that actual paving won’t start until an asphalt test strip is applied and deemed acceptable by ITD.
    ITD is still projecting that the project will be completed by the end of September. Construction activities impacting traffic are anticipated to be finished by mid-September.
    The project, started in 2013, involves widening Highway 75 from Timber Way just north of East Fork Road to the bridge over the Big Wood River near St. Luke’s Wood River hospital. When finished, the section of highway will have two lanes in each direction and center turning lanes and deceleration lanes at major intersections.
    ITD further reported in the construction update that:

  •     Installation of storm drain pipe and infiltration ponds is complete.
  •     Roadway base construction on the north end of the project is complete and installation of curb and gutter is mostly complete. Installation of other concrete features, including storm-water drains and business and residential approaches, is under way and expected to be finished next week.
  •     Roadway base preparation continues on the south end of the project.
  •     The north access to Hospital Drive will remain closed until Aug. 9 while the approach is rebuilt and curb is installed.
  •     Work is now being done on Saturdays and may be extended to Sundays for some portion of the project.
  •     Utility work involving Idaho Power Co., Intermountain Gas, Century Link and Cox Cable continues at various locations throughout the construction zone.


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