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Reed Hollinshead
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Project in Emmett on Idaho 16 next summer will repair road, bridge

EMMETT - A project scheduled for next summer will extend the life of the pavement and replace guardrail on an 11.5-mile stretch of Idaho 16. The project will run from just north of the Idaho 44 intersection to Substation Road in Gem County.

About 8,500 feet of guardrail will be replaced. Work also will include repair of the Black Canyon Canal Bridge. Work on the bridge, located at approximately milepost 12, will include waterproofing, sealing and replacing joints, and removing and replacing portions of the concrete deck.

Approaches to the bridge and transitions to surrounding roads will be adjusted to match the new grade of the road.

The section of road was built in 1959 and 1966. An overlay was performed in 1996 on the first nine miles, followed by a CRABS (Cement Recycled Asphalt Base Stabilization) resurfacing project in 1998 on the northern end.

Aside from morning and evening rush hour commutes, traffic will be limited to one lane, with a speed-limit reduction. Pilot cars and flaggers will be used as needed.


The Idaho Transportation Department is responsible for all highways on the State Highway System – interstates, state highways and U.S. routes. All other roads are under the jurisdiction of the local, city or county entity.