Adams Grade Road

The Adams Grade Road was damaged by spring runoff during March 2017 and is finally on the verge of being repaired under a disaster declaration President Donald Trump signed almost two years ago – almost a year before this photo was taken in April 2018.

Having posted $10,000 last summer toward the local share of a $1.4 million project aimed at maintaining part of the Dixie Road, the Idaho County Commission signed off on an additional $31,420 on March 5. The road work, which a Federal Highway Administration spokesman described to the Free Press in June as a matter of “needed repairs and…pavement preservation work” is on schedule for construction in mid-2019. The local share was expected to amount to about $107,000, with federal funding expected to cover the rest.

With higher costs becoming apparent, the dollars may not cover 26 miles, as reported last summer. Idaho County Road & Bridge supervisor Gene Meinen told the Free Press the main work area is 16 miles from Jack Mountain Road to Moose Butte Road. He said the project will be awarded through a “fixed price-variable quantity” bid to the contractor who can do the most road-miles for the contract amount.

The county has a handful of other big projects coming up this year, including projects funded under a disaster declaration that followed from the runoff season of March 2017.

Meinen told the Free Press March 7 the snowfall has made for a lot of plowing, but he hasn’t seen any big runoff problems.

That’s in contrast to the runoff problems much of Idaho saw March 6-28 of 2017, which ultimately resulted in a presidential disaster declaration, under which Idaho County is still pursuing federal (FEMA) and state (ERF) emergency relief funding for local road repairs. Next up is a FEMA-funded repair of Adams Grade. Anticipated this year is work on three sites on Lukes Gulch Road, two of which are under the same cost-share and disaster declaration as the Adams Grade work.

Upcoming work planned for Carrot Ridge, Glenwood Road, Sally Ann Road and Big Salmon Road is being funded through Idaho’s ERF. A culvert replacement at Village 21, north of Kamiah, was funded mainly through the ERF, but also drew about $8,000 under the 2017 presidential declaration.

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