Rupert Gets Long-Awaited Road Remodel
A $4.3 million road project, decades in the making is nearing completion in Rupert.
The sound of construction is something residents on a street have gotten used to. Crews have been widening and rebuilding the road since last year....
But it's something that's been talked about since the mid-90’s.
"They promised me to do this 30 years ago, so I get to see it in my lifetime. It's quite an experience,” said Juan Garcia, Rupert resident.
"We're accomplishing a number of things,” said Kelly Anthon, City Administrator. “This road was never constructed for the kind of traffic we're seeing. This new construction is designed for a higher level of performance."
For many the road is an improvement from what it used to be, including the addition of sidewalks.
"We never had sidewalks and the drainage was different,” said Garcia. “The kids, they had to walk in the mud and gravel to get to school. The new road will be an improvement."
"The kids are out here on the scooters and bicycles. The people out here walking, you never saw that before. It's very nice," said Barbara Cole, Rupert resident.
The federal government is paying for 90 percent of the project, and that's why city administrators say most of the decisions are out of their control. But they are doing their best to accommodate different issues.
"We've received some concerned citizens. Some of the elevations changed so we're trying to deal with those on a case by case basis," said Anthon.
"They've been very cooperative and coming around and checking with us every couple of months," said Garcia.
Anthon tells us work is going quicker than expected. Paving is expected to begin the last week of July and construction should be complete by the end of the summer.