For the remainder of the work, two-way traffic will be allowed on the railroad bridge. The south end of Meadowhurst Drive will continue to be closed, and Riverside Avenue under the bridge will be intermittently closed as needed for construction. Once the weather improves, work on the river bridge will resume, and two-way traffic will be accommodated.
As a design/build project, Record Steel Construction Inc. and J-U-B Engineers are replacing two bridges in St. Maries for $17.3 million. The new bridges include one lane in each direction with a wider shoulder and sidewalk on each side. Nearby intersections will be realigned with signage replaced.
Traffic impacts will vary throughout the project. Crews will work during daylight hours Monday through Friday and weekends as needed.View project overview
Both the railroad bridge and the river bridge will be open for the holiday weekend, starting end of day Wednesday, July 3. After the holiday weekend, traffic and lane impacts will be minimal through the duration of construction.
Drivers can expect short, single-lane closures and flaggers on the river bridge in the coming weeks as contractors try to finish three concrete pours. As always, work is weather-dependent.
In early April, crews will start work on the driving surface of the bridge over the St. Joe River on Idaho Highway 3 in St. Maries.
Two lanes of traffic will run on the newest portion of the bridge, with this and other weather-dependent work, such as the placing of more sidewalks and the paving of Meadowhurst Drive, scheduled for completion this summer. Other remaining work includes placing an overlay and installing fencing on the railroad bridge, which opened to traffic in January 2019.In the meantime, a small crew is still on the construction site performing work that is not weather-dependent.
Crews have suspended weather-dependent work but will resume in the spring as soon as possible.
Most other traffic and parking situations have returned to how they were before construction.
Both bridges will be reduced to one lane likely for several days the week of July 15.