New Beginnings For Idaho Highway 75
Shoshone, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Just north of Shoshone, you'll find mounds of dirt as well as plenty of construction crews and equipment. The reason why? A 13.2 million dollar reconstruction project of Idaho–75 and three narrow bridges.
Nathan Jerke, Public Information Officer, Idaho Transportation Department says, "it's going to be a complete improvement from what folks have been traveling on for the last 60 or 70 years."
The Shoshone North project...still in its early stages, but with plenty of visuals.
Jerke adds, "they're blasting a lot of rock, leveling out the roadway, making sure the irrigation structures are starting to get in place or we're not impeding any irrigation for the farmers this time of year."
Next year you will see a brand new two lane road with a turn lane and turn base, all to replace the existing roadway.
"And the bridges will be ripped and raised as part of the project. Then in the future as funding becomes available, we will see an additional two lanes for a full four–lane roadway through the eight–mile corridor north of Shoshone."
Those bridges cross the Milner–Gooding Canal, the Big Wood River and the North Gooding Canal.
"All of those bridges are very old and they're deficient in one way or another...we're going to have wider bridges that's going to have large shoulders and so it will ease the structures where it's very narrow."
The current roadway will stay in place so motorists can use the road without interfering with construction.
"It will be next June or July before the new roadway is open up to the public."
If you head in that direction, all eyes on the road, as watching the construction project can be distracting.
For the next six to eight weeks, crews will continue blasting the area and some delays can be expected.