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Posted on: May 28, 2019

Benton Street Bridge Project Continues; Traffic to be Reduced to One Lane Each Direction

Repairs to a Pocatello bridge that has been in place since the 1960s are rolling on and starting tomorrow, your commute may be impacted. 


As crews continue their efforts to restore the Benton Street Bridge, the next phase of the project will see vehicle traffic limited to one lane of travel in each direction across the structure. Meanwhile, pedestrian traffic will be limited to one sidewalk. 


“This project will significantly extend the life of this important east-west connection. Thank you to the public for their continued understanding and patience with this project,” said Maggie Clark, Project Manager.   


Workers are in the process of rehabilitating the substructure of the bridge by reinforcing the concrete with carbon fiber wrapping, installing a corrosion protection system, and repairing the column footings below ground.


Officials anticipate that the bridge will fully reopen to traffic the beginning of October. 


The Benton Street Bridge was built in 1965. In 2004, the deck of the bridge was rehabilitated. 


The 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 project is expected to wrap in November of 2019, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the work may be delayed. 


To see a video of workers applying the carbon fiber wrapping, visit bit.ly/2JAxnaW


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