Cedar Draw Bridge Replacement South of Wendell Begins
WENDELL – The first of two small bridges to be replaced on Idaho 46 is expected to begin this week and will impact traffic through the winter months. The first bridge project starts Nov. 9 at the Cedar Draw crossing between 1700 and 1800 East Roads between Wendell and Buhl.
Crews will begin demolishing half of the bridge to allow a single lane of traffic to continue using the roadway. Work to do minor canal realignment and install the pre-cast concrete bridge will continue through February when temporary paving will be applied to the road surface. Final paving of the roadway is not expected until April when local asphalt hot plants resume production.
The second bridge replacement included in the contract spans the W-9 canal about a mile south of Wendell near 3100 South Road. This work is expected to begin in early January with a similar construction and paving schedule.
The bridge replacements are among many upgrades to the roadway between Wendell and Buhl since the Idaho Transportation Department gained ownership in 2010. Reconstruction of one additional bridge and the intersection of Bob Barton Road and 1950 East Road was completed earlier this year. Additional improvements to the 14.75 mile corridor will continue in future years as funding and scheduling allows.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane and temporary traffic signals will be posted at each bridge through demolition and construction. A 35-mph speed limit and 11-foot-6-inch width restriction will be in effect at both bridges.
Cannon Builders Inc., of Blackfoot, is the contractor for the $1.26 million project. Both bridges were constructed in 1939. More than 3,000 vehicles per day travel over each crossing.