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3/6/2013

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Next step in Idaho 16 extension takes place with contractor announced for final connection

BOISE - The next step in the extension of Idaho 16 connecting State Street to Chinden Boulevard is set to begin in several weeks. Nampa-based Idaho Sand and Gravel Company has been named Apparent Low Bidder for the $8.76-million work to connect the highways with the local roads on either end of the project.

Contracts have already been awarded to connect State to Chinden, including a new 1,726-foot bridge over the Boise River. Work has been under way since last May to build a bridge across the Boise River and Phyllis Canal between U.S. 20/26 and Idaho 44.
 
During the next month, the Idaho Transportation Department 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 work to begin. These improvements will be done in late summer 2014.
 
Preparation for the GARVEE-funded construction on the connecting roads will likely begin in early April. Work that would disrupt the flow of irrigation waters will be suspended until the irrigation season has been completed.
 
“As western Ada, eastern Canyon, and southern Gem counties develop, the ability to move north-south traffic is a primary concern,” explained GARVEE Program Manager Amy Schroeder. “The project will provide another vital north-south link in the Treasure Valley as the population continues to grow. This particular project provides new county roads and replaces access to all of the parcels adjacent to the project.”  RADIO: Click here for Schroeder sound bite.
 
GARVEE (Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle) bonds allowed the Idaho Transportation Department to advance critical infrastructure improvements in vital corridors throughout the state.
 
Concrete Placing Co. Inc., of Boise, is the contractor for the first segment, which is the $19.4-million construction of the river crossing, as well as $10.8-million work to the south and a crossing of the Phyllis Canal.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: Media representatives are invited to learn more about the Highway 16 projects Tuesday (March 12) from 10 a.m. to noon. Reporters can get video footage of bridge girders being placed, and ITD staff will be available for interviews. Please contact Reed Hollinshead at reed.hollinshead@itd.idaho.gov or 334-8881/608-6118.

Highway construction is one of the key forces pushing Idaho toward full economic recovery by creating jobs, improving safety and reducing traffic congestion.

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