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Southwest Idaho construction report for Dec. 14-21
BOISE - The following projects in southwest Idaho are now under way.
BOISE - Idaho 16 Extension, Boise River Crossing plus Phyllis Canal Bridge replacement and South Segment
Work is under way on the extension of Idaho 16, which will be complete in late summer 2014.
Crews will connect State Street (Idaho 44) to Chinden Boulevard, including a new bridge over the Boise River. Idaho 16 is also being extended from U.S. 20/26 (at McDermott Road) to Joplin Road, where it ties in to the new Idaho 16 Boise River Bridge project.
Concrete Placing Co. Inc., of Boise, is the contractor for both the first segment, which is the $19.4 million construction of the river crossing, as well as for the second segment, which includes the $10.8 million work to the south and a crossing of the Phyllis Canal Bridge.
MERIDIAN - Eagle Road resurfacing and medians
Work is wrapping up on this project, which is resurfacing Idaho 55 from Fairview Avenue in Meridian to State Street in Eagle, and installing raised medians from Franklin to Oakhampton Drive, one-half mile north of Chinden Boulevard. Crews began the work in early summer.
The contractor is paving the intersection of Eagle and Chinden. However it is looking like they will be going into a winter shutdown before the project is completely wrapped up.
There will likely be a signal at Wainwright Street and Eagle Road that will be added this spring.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co., of Nampa, is the contractor on this $4.7 million project.
State St./Linder Rd./Ballantyne Lane intersection work
The project will ultimately reconstruct the intersection of Idaho 44 and Linder, including the reconstruction and expansion of Idaho 44 between Linder and Ballantyne and the rebuilding of Linder in the vicinity of Idaho 44.
The contractor is completing the temporary widening on the south side of Idaho 44 to move traffic over so crews can work on permanent roadway on the north side.
Central Paving, of Boise, is the contractor on this $9.23 million project.
ADA, BOISE COUNTY
Replacement of Dynamic Message Signs
In this project, DMS signs are being replaced in several locations, primarily on Idaho 21. The work involves removing the existing message signs and controller cabinets and replacing them with upgraded signs and cabinets at their current locations. The sign locations are on Idaho 21 at the junction to Warm Springs, Idaho City, Lowman, and Stanley. And on the Banks to Lowman Highway at Banks, and Idaho 55 near the Shadow Valley Golf Course.
Work is suspended until late December or early January.
Quality Electric Inc., of Boise, is the contractor on this $321,000 project. The work, which is not impacting traffic, is expected to finish by January 2013.
Idaho 21 resurfacing to Lowman
A resurfacing project covering 20.4 miles of Idaho 21 in Boise County is wrapping up for this construction season. The project has been suspended for the winter. Work will resume after June 15, as consistently hot temperatures are required for the remaining resurfacing.
The project runs from Mores Creek Summit to Clear Creek Bridge below Lowman, adding a Stress-Absorbing Fiberglass Layer with Emulsified Asphalt (SAFLEA) on two adjoining sections of Idaho 21 (milepost 52.3 to 60 and 60 to 72.7), conducting slope stabilization, and upgrading guardrail at existing locations.
A SAFLEA treatment is a seal coat with a coating of chopped glass fibers between the oil and gravel aggregates to enhance durability and reduce cracking.
Knife River Corp, of Boise, is the contractor on this $3.9 million project.
CASCADE – Bridge Replacement
A replacement of the North Fork Payette River Bridge in downtown Cascade is now under way. The bridge work will extend into summer 2013.
This summer also saw resurfacing of the roadway between the bridges in town. The contractor worked on installing two new inlets this week and a manhole to better control the roadway drainage.
This project will replace the old, narrow, width-restricted bridge built in 1933 with one more than twice as wide. The existing bridge is 24 feet wide, and will be replaced with a 60-foot wide, 393-foot long, three-span bridge. The new bridge will have two 12-foot lanes, two 11-foot shoulders and a 14-foot median.
In addition, a paved extension will be built to the dirt shared-use path under the bridge on the north side of the river that provides access from both sides of the bridge to the new riverside park.
In the first stage, two-thirds of the new bridge will be built to the west of the existing structure. Traffic will be maintained on the existing bridge through this first stage of bridge work, and then will be routed to the new section of bridge for the remaining work as the old bridge is demolished. There will be traffic interruptions while the new roadway section leading to the new bridge is built.
Work continues on the bridge, but it is all on the shoulder with no traffic impacts expected. Crews are forming and tying rebar on the deck, diaphragms and the abutment 1 wing wall. The contractor will continue this same work next week, and may be ready to pour the intermediate diaphragms.
From Monday through Thursday, work that limits drivers to one lane in each direction is only allowed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Two lanes will be maintained between noon Friday and noon Monday. A river safety and navigation plan will be in place for recreationists that use this section of the river.
Wadsworth Brothers Construction Co. Inc., of Draper, Utah, is the contractor on this $4.83 million project.
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