Friday, August 22, 2014

ITD sets open house for new bridge

Construction planned to start in 2016


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

The Idaho Transportation Department plans to replace this bridge over the Big Wood River near St. Luke’s Wood River hospital. Construction is planned to begin in 2016. Photo by Roland Lane

The Idaho Transportation Department will give the public the opportunity to see the preliminary design for a new bridge and associated road renovations on state Highway 75 south of Ketchum at an open house scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 26. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Kentwood Lodge at 180 South Main St. in Ketchum.
    “Interested parties may drop in anytime during the session to view displays, provide comment and discuss the project with ITD and design-team representatives,” ITD stated in a news release.
    The project involves replacing and widening the bridge that currently spans the Big Wood River near St. Luke’s Wood River hospital. Once finished, the bridge will have four lanes with wide shoulders and a safety median and will be blended in with four-lane highway configurations both north and south of the bridge.
    The preliminary design provides for improved wildlife passage under the bridge, a reduced number of piers in the river and aesthetic features. The preliminary design also addresses roadway drainage and environmental issues, including wetlands impacts, historical and cultural considerations and noise and visual impacts.
    ITD intends that construction start in 2016 and extend into 2017.
    The project is the second phase of a plan to widen Highway 75 along the 27-mile stretch of roadway between Timmerman Junction south of Bellevue and Saddle Road in north Ketchum. The first project is currently under way and involves widening a 3.25-mile stretch of highway from Timber Way north of East Fork Road to the bridge near St. Luke’s.
    Additional information on the open house and the project is available from ITD Project Manager Steve Hunter at (208) 886-7846 or stevehunter@itd.idaho.gov. Information on the project is also available at the ITD website at itd.idaho.gov.




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