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Reed Hollinshead
ITD Office of Communication
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First step in Idaho 16 project taken as apparent low bidder named for work starting this summer

BOISE - Another step in the Idaho 16 expansion project was taken recently when Concrete Placing Co. Inc., of Boise, was named as the apparent low bidder for the first of three separate construction projects connecting State Street (Idaho 44) and Chinden Boulevard (U.S. 20/26) via a high-speed, four-lane highway. It is likely to begin in May and finish about two years later, in spring 2014.

The bid was $19.4 million.

The first project will build a 10-span, 1700-foot bridge across the Boise River and includes other construction activities to connect the bridge to State Street.

During the next month, ITD will verify that the apparent low bidder is a properly licensed contractor and possesses a surety bond to protect taxpayers and the department. Once that has been verified, the contractor can schedule the beginning of work.

“As western Ada, eastern Canyon, and southern Gem counties develop, the ability to move north-south traffic is a primary concern,” explained Amy Schroeder, GARVEE program manager. “The project will provide another vital north-south link in the Treasure Valley as the population continues to grow.”

The second project includes the completion of the highway from the Boise River to Chinden Boulevard and a bridge over the Phyllis Canal, which is also anticipated to be under contract this summer. A third project will construct the new intersections at State Street and Chinden Boulevard and all of the new public roads needed to provide access as a result of the expansion work.

For more information on the project, please click here to check the project website: http://itd.idaho.gov/Projects/garvee/D3/Idaho16_US2026toIdaho44.asp

“This also means that drivers will not need to turn east to Eagle Road or west to Star Road, but instead will be able to go straight across the river, expanding the options available to the traffic network,” said Schroeder. “For the estimated 22,000 drivers who will use the route every day as soon as it opens, that’s good news.”

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