What's Up With Highway 75?


By Brittany Cooper

Ketchum, Idaho (KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) Have you driven on Highway 75 recently and wondered when you'll see construction get underway?

The Shoshone Snack Bar sits just south of town and a multi–million dollar road construction project. Despite what you might think, it's business as usual.

Diane Gaches, Shoshone Snack Bar says, "we're a little slow in the wintertime anyway, but I don't think it really affected our business at all because people came in here and say oh we had to wait here, 15–20 minutes, but that's ok they weren't upset."

The Idaho Transportation Department tells us that due to weather, the only work being accomplished is on the three bridges.

Nathan Jerke, Spokesman, ITD adds, "what's preventing the crews from working on the roadway is the deep frost. We can't go in and compact material as long as there's good frost on the ground so we have to wait for spring to really be able to ge in and begin the roadwork."

Paving will start in April, but despite weather issues, completion is still scheduled on this project for June.

This southern portion of the Sawtooth Scenic Byway is the core of a major road construction project that not only affects commuters, but anyone else that utilizes this highway.

Jerke says, "the traffic impact and activities will begin around mid–April. Inside the contract, there is a stipulation that states two–way traffic is to be maintained while the roadway is being constructed."

Road construction is anticipated to start in late March or early April.
Jerke tells us it will be hectic in the morning and afternoon commuting through the construction zone south of Ketchum.

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