Blackfoot businesses express thanks to ITD for paving
Businesses in Blackfoot have let ITD know how they feel about the recently completed paving project through town – the first warrantied paving project in the state. The project began around Aug. 10 and wrapped up Aug. 27. As you can tell from the sign above, the speed and quality of the work has been noted.
“It's a great way for us to stretch manpower resources,” said District Engineer Ed Bala.
Impressively, Orner said, the contractor actually exceeded the contractual requirements. The contractor even submitted documents and information before the contract was finalized.
“The contractor was not required to perform any testing for asphalt-mix approval as part of the warranty, but chose to have a mix design confirmation done by the ITD Central Lab,” explained Barrus. “This reflected the desire they had to put a quality product on the ground.”
The project included updating existing pedestrian ramps to meet American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Curb/ADA ramp work and removal of the center islands officially started Aug. 10. Milling at the curb line and intersecting roadway approaches occurred on Aug. 20, and paving started the next day. Paving was completed Aug. 25.
“This is the type of project that will give our staff pride in the work we do,” said Orner, ITD’s resident engineer on the project.
“The contractor did what we expected, and the initial results of the pavement are looking great,” said Barrus.
“And we have a three-year warranty period on this product,” he added, focusing on the bigger picture.