Friday, May 16, 2014

Highway work to cease for holiday weekend

ITD reports no construction allowed May 23-26


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Highway worker Marty Murphy directs traffic on Highway 75 in the construction zone south of Ketchum. Photo by Roland Lane

    Travelers will get a break from construction on state Highway 75 south of Ketchum for the Memorial Day weekend. The Idaho Transportation Department announced Wednesday that work on a 3.25-mile section of the highway will be suspended Friday, May 23, through Monday, May 26.
    The work suspension was announced in a construction update provided to public officials and the news media every other week by ITD spokesman Nathan Jerke.
    According to the update, construction contractor Idaho Sand & Gravel continued this week working to complete the entire southbound alignment, with most of the work occurring from Hospital Drive north to the end of the project near the bridge over the Big Wood River. The work also includes installation of curb and gutter. Paving is expected to start on Monday, May 19.
    ITD expects paving of the southbound lanes to be completed by Thursday, May 22. However, the agency noted that weather or other complications may delay the work. ITD intends to have all traffic switched to the southbound lanes north of Hospital Drive once paving is completed.
    Work under way also includes completion of the rock façade on the retaining wall near Owl Creek Road, milling of the old roadway on the east side of the highway and continuation of storm drain pipe and infiltration pond placement.
    Utility work will continue at various locations within the construction zone.
    ITD reminds drivers to use “extreme caution” when traveling through the construction zone and to slow down and watch for flaggers, slow traffic and construction vehicles entering and exiting the highway.
    When completed, the project, started in 2013, will provide two lanes in each direction from Timber Way just north of East Fork Road to the bridge over the Big Wood River near St. Luke’s hospital.




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