MARSING — Construction of improvements to Idaho Highway 55 through Marsing has begun. The project will rebuild the Snake River Bridge and repave the highway from the Snake River to the U.S. 95 Junction, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.
“When complete, the project will enhance local business opportunities and improve safety and mobility through the area,” said ITD spokesman Jake Melder.
Initial work on irrigation lines began Monday, January 14.
“Traffic will be reduced to one lane and a temporary signal will direct alternating traffic. Work will be limited to daytime hours, though the lane closure and signal will operate 24/7 for the next three to four weeks,” Melder explained.
ITD officials will be holding an open house so the public can review the final construction plans for the project.
The open house is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Marsing (at 126 2nd Ave. West). “Attendees will have an opportunity to view construction plans for the new Snake River Bridge and ID-55 improvements, ask questions of project staff, and learn how to stay informed during construction,” Melder pointed out.
“We are encouraging motorists to plan extra time when driving through the areas during construction,” said David Barrett, ITD Project Manager. “We are improving a major route used to haul agricultural products and move people to and through a beautiful part of southeast Idaho.”
Work to rebuild the bridge will begin in earnest this spring. During construction, one lane of the bridge will be open to traffic with a 14-foot width restriction. The new bridge is expected to be completed by the summer of next year.
The contractor for this $20.9 million project is Wadsworth Brothers Construction from Salt Lake City, Utah.
(photo courtesy: ITD)