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5/15/2012

Contact:
Reed Hollinshead
Public Information Specialist
(208) 334-8881

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Idaho 16 project from Idaho 44 to Substation Road in Emmett begins Monday (May 21)

EMMETT - A road, bridge and guardrail-repair project on a 12.5-mile stretch of Idaho 16 from just north of its junction with Idaho 44 to Emmett’s Substation Road is expected to begin Monday (May 21), the Idaho Transportation Department announced. The project is expected to finish in late June.

This pavement overlay will be divided into a trio of four-mile long work zone segments. Once work begins in the first segment, it must be completely finished and reopened to traffic before the contractor can move on to the next segment. Aside from morning and evening rush hour commutes, traffic will be limited to one lane, with a speed-limit reduction. The speed limit will be reduced by 10 mph in the work-zone segment.

The section of road was built in 1959 and 1966. An overlay was performed in 1996 on the first 9 miles, followed by a CRABS (Cement Recycled Asphalt Base Stabilization) resurfacing project in 1998 on the northern end.

The contractor will work a Monday-Friday schedule. No weekend work is anticipated, but is not prohibited if needed. Occasional lane closures may occur during weekday daytime hours between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.  

When crews transition to repair work on the Black Canyon Irrigation Canal bridge (see picture, here), a lane closure will be required for 13 calendar days, with a temporary signal used to guide traffic.

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. Crews also are replacing 8,500 feet of substandard guardrail throughout the project.

Central Paving Co. Inc., of Boise, is the contractor on this $2.5 million project.

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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