Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ITD finalizes highway contract

Road construction is still a few weeks away


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Utility work is already under way for a state Highway 75 expansion project south of Ketchum. Crews are preparing to move power lines next to the highway to accommodate a new, wider width. Actual road construction isnít expected to start until the last week of April. Photo by Willy Cook

The Idaho Transportation Department has awarded a $9.4 million contract to Idaho Sand & Gravel Co. to widen a 3.25-mile section of state Highway 75 south of Ketchum.

ITD spokesman Nathan Jerke said the contract was finalized late Thursday afternoon. However, the start of road construction is still a few weeks away.

Jerke said Idaho Sand & Gravel, headquartered in Jerome, still needs to submit a storm water pollution prevention plan. Once the plan is submitted, state and federal agencies have 14 days to review and approve it before construction can start.

“Hopefully, the plan will be ready by next Monday,” Jerke said. “If it does get done by Monday, then the soonest they would be able to start work is the week of April 29. That’s the best estimate at this time.”

Jerke noted that there were unforeseen delays getting a contract in place for the work, which involves reconstruction of the highway into four lanes from Timber Way north of East Fork Road to the bridge over the Big Wood River near St. Luke’s Wood River. The work may be finished this year but will continue into 2014 if necessary.

“We’re losing a lot of valuable days and everyone is aware of that,” Jerke said.


Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com

 




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