Photo by David Rauzi
Construction crews made good progress last Friday night, July 15, in milling asphalt strips off Grangeville’s Main Street. Milling work continues this week, starting at U.S. Highway 95 and ending at Idaho Avenue. Asphalt paving begins on Thursday.
As of Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Video of Main Street milling work
Watch a portion of milling work on Grangeville's Main Street Friday night, July 15:
GRANGEVILLE Knife River crews milled more than half of Grangeville’s Main Street last Friday and Saturday as the downtown resurfacing project shifted into high gear with two all-nighters – 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., — to remove nearly a two-inch depth of asphalt from Idaho Avenue east to the Mt. Idaho Road intersection.
As milling work on Main Street progresses today and Thursday (July 20-21), repaving along U.S. Highway 95 through Grangeville is scheduled for completion this Friday, July 22, with normal traffic to resume on the weekend. According to Idaho Transportation Department project manager Janet Zarate, shoulder grading next Monday and Tuesday, July 25-26, may cause minor motorist delays.
Contractor on the $2.3 million project, Knife River, changed the work schedule last week for 24-7 operations to set an early August completion date. This was to reduce disruption to locals, according to Zarate, and it will also benefit the Main Street project by providing for one continuous top layer of repaving, avoiding seams and consistency issues having to do this in separate placements.
Starting today, July 20, crews will finish milling Main Street, starting at the U.S. Highway 95 intersection and finishing at Idaho Avenue. Two lanes of traffic will be kept open during work, and access will be maintained to all businesses. Work will be conducted during the day, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., notably in proximity to the hospital to minimize patient disruption, according to Zarate.
Main Street paving is set to start this Thursday, July 21, and the project – from U.S. 95 to Mt. Idaho Road — is tentatively set for completion next Friday, July 29.
Last week’s detour routes that sent some traffic through residential neighborhoods were confusing to some motorists, according to Zarate, so drivers are recommended to bypass construction by taking the truck route to the north of town.
Even with signage up on for Main Street detours last week, “a few people didn’t believe the road was closed and drove through anyways,” she said. This can be dangerous for motorists with the construction equipment activity, as well as driving on hot asphalt that can damage vehicles.
The U.S. 95 and Main Street/State Highway 13 project started in earnest on July 6.