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Benton Street Bridge rehabilitation project begins

Pocatello

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The following is a news release from the city of Pocatello.

POCATELLO – A bridge that has stood in Pocatello for more than 50 years is getting a bit of work.

Recently, crews began work on the substructure that supports the Benton Street Bridge. The project will use various techniques to rehabilitate the structure with plans calling for reinforcing the concrete using carbon fiber wrapping, installation of a corrosion protection system, and repairing the column footings below ground.

“The bridge was originally constructed in 1965 and the bridge deck was rehabilitated in 2004,” said Jeff Mansfield, Public Works Director/City Engineer for the City of Pocatello. “The time has come to rehabilitate the bridge’s substructure.”

In order to accommodate the construction access and minimize the impact to the public during the project, traffic will be limited to one lane of travel in each direction and one sidewalk for pedestrians over the bridge. Traffic control measures are expected to be in place starting in April.

“We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding during the project,” Mansfield said. “The Benton Street Bridge is an important part of the City’s transportation system. It is critical that the City stay on top of the routine maintenance requirements to ensure that the bridge remains in service for many years to come.”

Total construction contract for the project is approximately $4.2 million. The funding is primarily coming from federal sources with the City of Pocatello being responsible for a 7.34 percent match, some of which is covered through in-kind services such as surveying and engineering.

The work is anticipated to wrap up in June 2019 but due to unforeseen circumstances, the project may be delayed.

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