GRANGEVILLE – Several million dollars of state highway projects are planned for Grangeville tentatively next summer. Curt Arnzen with the Idaho Transportation Department visited with the Grangeville City Council at its meeting last week to discuss plans and seek officials’ guidance to best fit community desires.
Two projects under one contract, estimated to cost between $2.5 and $3 million, are proposed for 2016: Grangeville Main Street – from U.S. Highway 95 to Mt. Idaho Road; and U.S. 95 – from Johnston Road (south intersection) to West South First Street.
“The pavement is in poor condition,” Arnzen said about the Johnston Road portion, and Grangeville’s Main Street, “is in pretty rough shape. It’s reached its service life and it’s time to replace it.”
Main Street surface pavement will be replaced, and during this approximately 13 ADA ramps will be upgraded to comply with federal standards. A camera will be added to the Main Street traffic signal, which Arnzen clarified is non-recording and to be used by ITD personnel to monitor lights’ working status.
The Johnston Road portion will utilize a CRABS (cement recycled asphalt base stabilization) process, pulverizing the existing surface and applying plant mix on top. Some underlying culverts will also be replaced. This same process, he continued, was used on a U.S. 95 project south of Cottonwood five years ago.
On the Main Street portion, “we’ll do the job in sections,” Arnzen said, “and once we get going the paving part will take two to three weeks.” Council consensus was for ITD’s plan to do the work at night to minimize construction impact to adjacent businesses and traffic flow. “And we want to make sure to work around your city events so the schedule has as little impact as possible,” he said.
Arnzen said the project will include for public meetings to answer questions and provide updates during the process.
On the council’s end, project news was welcome with some reservations voiced by Mayor Bruce Walker that the project will last and not, as he’s observed, be worse a year later. He also mentioned Main Street drainage issues, a long-standing issue for the city in several areas where road engineering has been insufficient to direct off large quantities of water.
“We’d like to see something that works,” Walker said, and later noted the city’s appreciation to ITD for setting this project, recommending it start next year after the middle of July. Public Works Director Jeff McFrederick added the need for ITD to coordinate with the city, which will be conducting its biggest chip sealing project in 2016.
Area bridge projects on funding fast track
By Andrew Ottoson
Idaho County Free Press
A recent round of transportation funding passed by the Idaho Legislature puts several road and bridge projects on a fast track: work on the John Day Creek and Goff (Time Zone) bridges, restoration of the turn bay at Pollock Road and, on the Camas Prairie, restoration of the turn bays at Lake Road and Greencreek Road.
The Idaho Transportation board selected 27 projects statewide to advance to fiscal year 2016 that will be funded by recent gasoline tax and registration fee increases passed by Idaho lawmakers.
As the fiscal year begins in July, the acceleration has potential to add to a summer full of significant road work that is already set to include replacement of the Race Creek Bridge, located on U.S. 95 about a half-mile north of Riggins, and the start of construction of a new Manning Crevice Bridge, about 13 miles east of Riggins.
The Race Creek Bridge project was bid out in January and is set to run July 6 through the end of the year. West Company Inc. of Airway Heights, Wash., was awarded the work in March with a bid just shy of $2.4 million. The project has long been planned to improve the curve trucks have to negotiate there.
The Manning Crevice Bridge has been in development since George Enneking’s days with the Idaho County Commission, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has held four public meetings marking progress since 2010. In March, officials with the federal government and contractor Atkins Global indicated construction could begin as early as this August. A dispute between the county and federal government over maintenance of the bridge – and the Salmon River Road, which leads to it – is ongoing.