In today’s construction news, learn about the construction of the Oddie Wells project, which was divided into four phases and began in 2021. By the end of August, the first phase, which runs from Pyramid Way to Sullivan Lane, will be complete. Meanwhile, the West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways has announced that significant delays on U.S. 219 caused by ongoing construction on Corridor H that have plagued motorists since early July have ended. On the other hand, the difficulty of navigating Route 28 construction is swiftly coming to an end. In fact, some approaches and lanes will reopen within the next few weeks. Finally, several roads have been reopened, and the Idaho Falls Department of Public Works is pleased to report that the majority of the numerous construction projects are proceeding smoothly and on schedule.
Updates on the Oddie Wells Construction Project
Original Source: Oddie Wells Construction Project Updates
Construction on Oddie Wells began in 2021 in four phases.
Phase one, from Pyramid Way to Sullivan Lane will finish in August.
Phase two should be finished by September or October.
Because of winter delays, phase three will finish half the road this year and half next year.
August 2024 is the expected completion date.
They’re building phase two and three from Sullivan Lane to Sutro Street, including sidewalks, new pavement, lights, and landscape enhancements.
Monday started phase four, which involves storm drain construction.
Due to weather, they postponed Monday but will resume Tuesday.
Sutro Street to 1-80 construction is expected, per RTC.
Drivers should also slow down and pay attention during construction, according to RTC.
25 mph is the new Oddie Boulevard speed limit.
RTC Project Manager Maria Paz Fernandez said, “Pay attention because we swapped the lanes as you’ve noticed when we have brand new pavement.” “All traffic goes on the new pavement so we can work on the other side, so pay attention because it’s different.”
Fernandez says they start with storm drains, then sidewalks, streets, pavement, lights, and landscapes.
“Lights, landscaping, and new walkways where none existed before. There will be walkways.” Fernandez explains.
With more walkways and bike lanes, they want to see more cyclists and pedestrians.
Planning ahead and following detours are also advised by RTC due to slow traffic.
They recommend following RTC on social media to identify the finest detours.
Redevelopment will improve inhabitants’ quality of life, accessibility, and safety, according to RTC.
Construction of Corridor
Original Source: Corridor Construction
The West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways has officially ended the substantial delays on U.S. 219 caused by Corridor H work since early July.
A DOH press release adds, “The project is complete and (the DOH) anticipates no further road closures.”
The road was closed repeatedly from mid-July to last week as beams and an overhead bridge for Corridor H were placed on U.S. 219, Seneca Trail in Tucker County, 2.7 miles north of the Randolph County line and a mile south of Route 219/10.
The DOH press statement notes, “The next project will be on the opposite side of U.S. 291, and it has been predicted (there will be) no further road closures.”
Interim District Engineer James T. Collins, P.E., signs the release.
Gov. Jim Justice and other officials broke ground on a nearly $50 million Tucker County Corridor H stretch on June 9.
Justice remarked during the ceremony, “I have said it over and over and over, Corridor H is the most important of them all.” We’ll be under contract to finish Corridor H before I leave office. This road will be finished.”
The June 9 announcement will be the third phase of Corridor H’s Kerens to Parsons stretch.
Mount Storm-based A.L.L. Construction Inc. won the offer of $49,488,494 to build the road stretch. An approximately three-mile segment of Corridor H near the under-construction Cheat River Bridge will be graded and drained.
After completion, the Cheat River Bridge will be West Virginia’s longest at 3,300 feet. The four-lane bridge will connect the 15-mile span of Corridor H between Kerens and Parsons and Parsons and Davis.
Construction on Route 28 Will Be Mostly Finished by Early October
The Route 28 construction is almost over.
In a few weeks, certain ramps and lanes will reopen.
Commuters on Route 28 are impassioned about their dislike of the construction.
If you’re sick of seeing your neighbors’ tail lights and bumpers, there’s hope.
“I have nothing but good news for everybody,” said PennDOT District 11’s Assistant Executive of Construction Jason Zang. “Two ramps from the Highland Park Bridge to Freeport Road will open in late September.”
Zand said the ramp from Southbound Route 28 to the Highland Park Bridge will open in late September or early October.
The entire project was meant to get 28 lanes past the Highland Park Bridge.
“Northbound 28 will have two lanes by October,” Zang said.
However, southbound needs development. The pattern may change on the bridge over Delafield and Lexington, but two lanes won’t open until mid-December.
“For all intents and purposes, the project will be wrapping up by the end of this year,” Zang said.
To reiterate, the Highland Park Bridge ramps will open by early October, Route 28 Northbound will open to two lanes by October, and Southbound will open by mid-December.
According to Zang, Route 28 in Aspinwall will be finished, but a section near the old Heinz Plant may need resurfacing, and the Highland Park Bridge’s main span and ramps on the south end must be rehabilitated within two years.
While the construction has been highly discussed, the project is winding down, and rising along the road shoulders is unique and practical.
Aspinwall residents use it as a sound buffer, and artist Brian Peters loves seeing his creation come to life.
Peters’s texture and pattern-based art is hard to miss as you travel through the Route 28 Highland Park widening project.
He remarked “It’s completely different than what you’d see normally, so it’s unique to this site.”
Peters won a nationwide competition to develop sound barriers and stated the Allegheny River inspired him.
“The pattern texture was inspired by water and ripples,” he said. “It’s meant to be two intersecting ripples.”
They’re getting blue paint to enhance the water inspiration.
It’s no ordinary canvas.
“How do I apply a single panel to over 700 over a two-mile stretch?” The inquiry and challenge from Peters.
He made four eight-by-eight-foot ripple panels.
They were trimmed down to match the wall’s virtually jigsaw puzzle specifications after being cast in concrete.
The panels’ texture was meant to interact with the sun, creating depth and dynamic shadows, he explained. “These panels will change throughout the day depending on when you drive by, the time, and the sun.”
These eight-inch walls reduce traffic noise for neighbors.
Finally, he said, there is no hidden message.
Thus, Route 28 will soon open with fresh art!
Updates on Road Work Are Provided by the City of Idaho Falls
Original Source: City of Idaho Falls gives road construction updates
Idaho Falls Public Works is delighted to inform that most construction projects are on schedule and some roadways have reopened.
Some larger projects are updated below. The interactive construction map on Idaho Falls Public Works’ website under the construction tab at the top provides details on all planned construction projects.
Project Woodruff Avenue Mill and Overlay
The mill and overlay project on Woodruff Avenue from 16th Street to John Adams Parkway will take many weeks to complete.
Crews are repairing pedestrian corners as part of this project. Manholes and water valve collars north of 12th Street will be adjusted on Monday, Aug. 21. The mill and overlay north of 12th Street will cause most traffic impacts in late August and early September.
Woodruff and 17th Street Intersection
The Woodruff Avenue and 17th Street intersection upgrade is on time. The north portion of Woodruff Avenue will open at 17th Street for right turns only on Monday, Aug. 21.
Southbound Woodruff Avenue drivers can turn west on 17th Street but not east. Eastbound traffic will remain on 16th Street.
Westbound 17th Street drivers can turn north at Woodruff Avenue. The intersection will remain closed for north-south Woodruff Avenue traffic.
Other Construction Work
Traffic is allowed on John Adams Parkway. Though several side roadways are under development, John Adams Parkway through traffic has been accommodated.
Tiger Avenue has been paved, and manholes and water valves are being lifted.
Traffic is allowed on Pancheri Drive. 17th Street and Yellowstone, Capital Avenue and Pancheri Drive, and Utah Avenue and Pancheri Drive have traffic lanes.
All traffic lanes for 17th Street and Rollandet Avenue and 17th Street and Yellowstone Avenue projects have reopened. Striping, sign placement, and landscaping will require occasional single-lane closures.
Higbee Bridge is also open.
Summary of today’s construction news
In summary, According to the RTC, construction is anticipated from Sutro Street to Interstate 80. Additionally, the RTC wants to remind drivers to pay attention and drive carefully during construction. Oddie Boulevard’s speed limit has been reduced to 25 mph.
Meanwhile, A.L.L. Construction Inc. of Mount Storm won the offer of $49,488,494 to build the road portion. Grading and drainage will commence near the under-construction Cheat River Bridge on a three-mile segment of Corridor H.
On the other hand, According to Zang, Route 28 in Aspinwall will be finished, but a section near the old Heinz Plant may need resurfacing, and the Highland Park Bridge’s main span and ramps on the south end must be rehabilitated within two years.
Finally, All traffic lanes for the 17th Street and Rollandet Avenue and 17th Street and Yellowstone Avenue projects have reopened. Striping, sign placement, and landscaping will require occasional single-lane closures. Higbee Bridge is also open.