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Monday, June 1, 2009

Idaho 57 Paving Project Starts

If you drive Idaho 57, you may have experienced delays this morning. The Idaho Transportation Department is warning that you'll most likely run into congestion in the area through the duration of a project to repave 19 miles of the highway at Priest River.

Crews started work today at the junction of U.S 2/Idaho 57 and will continue north. The old pavement surface will be removed, ground up, mixed with cement and recycled as a base for the highway. A chip seal will be applied over the newly-formed roadway base. A full-width asphalt overlay will finalize the paving operation later this summer.

Traffic is reduced to one lane. Work is expected to be complete this fall.

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