July 16, 2010
Public Information Specialist
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Payette River Bridge replacement to start Monday (July 19)
BOISE - A project to improve the U.S. 95 bridge over the
Payette River south of Payette is expected to begin Monday (July 19). Once construction has started, it is expected to take about two years to complete, finishing in Fall 2012.
The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) will replace the existing northbound
truss bridge (built in 1927) located on U.S. 95 between Fruitland and Payette. The bridge will have no overhead
bracing or struts as the current one does and will be 84 feet in width,
eliminating current safety concerns regarding both width and height
new bridge will be constructed next to, and will attach to, the existing
southbound bridge. The project also includes minor roadway realignment to tie
into the new bridge location.
U.S. 95 is the main route connecting northern and southern Idaho. About 18,000
vehicles use this portion of the highway daily. By 2026, the volume is expected
to be more than 25,000.
Traffic will utilize the southbound bridge while the new bridge is built.
Traffic will then be switched to the new bridge while modifications to the
southbound bridge are made and it is connected to the new bridge.
JC Constructors Inc. of Meridian is the contractor for this $6.17 million project.