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6/1/2011

Contact:
Nathan Jerke
Public Information Specialist
(208) 886-7809

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Idaho 75 paving project begins this week

BELLEVUE – A full-width paving project on about six miles of Idaho 75, beginning on the south end of Bellevue, is expected to begin Friday (June 3), the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

Starting next week, drivers can expect delays in June as the construction crew mills and pulverizes portions of asphalt throughout the project limits. Paving will follow later in June. The project begins at about milepost 105 and extends to just north of Riverview Drive in Bellevue (milepost 110.9).

Beginning this Friday (June 3), traffic will be delayed as crews mill a short section of roadway in preparation of an asphalt test strip to be placed on Monday. Pending confirmation of the approved test strip, the contractor will begin around-the-clock, seven-days-a-week work as soon as Wednesday (June 8).

Although crews will work extended hours to complete the work, the contract requires Idaho 75 to be open to two lanes of traffic during morning and afternoon commute hours. During working hours, drivers are urged to use caution when approaching the construction zone and watch for flaggers. A pilot car will be used during work hours to lead traffic around the milling and paving operations.

Other improvements will be completed as part of the repaving project. Crews started earlier this week on the south side of Bellevue to complete minor improvements to the curb, sidewalk and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps between Gannett Road and the Bellevue Canal.

As the project nears completion, the contractor also will oversee additional safety improvements at the U.S. 20/Idaho 75 junction. Following designation of a 45-mph speed zone and installation of flashers earlier this year, ITD is completing lane narrowing and center-line rumble strips on Idaho 75 near the junction to improve awareness of the crossing.

Knife River, Inc. of Boise is the contractor for the $2 million pavement preservation project.

For more information about this and other projects along the Idaho 75 corridor in Blaine County, go to www.itd.idaho.gov. Select "Projects," then "South-Central Idaho," then "Idaho 75 Blaine County Projects."

Questions? Visit us online at itd.idaho.gov, follow ITD on Twitter (@IdahoITD) or Facebook and check travel conditions at 511.idaho.gov or dial 5-1-1. Please slow down in highway construction zones and pay attention. Safety for drivers and workers is our highest priority.

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