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The Benton Street Bridge will be getting an overhaul and the City of Pocatello Engineering Department is inviting the public to see what is in store.
Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m., City officials and representatives from design contractor CH2M will host an open house in the City Council Chambers to give residents a look at what repairs will be made to the bridge.
“The Benton Street Bridge was built in 1965 and as expected over the last 50 years, it has experienced a level of deterioration,” said Jeffrey Mansfield, Senior Engineer for the City of Pocatello. “In 2000, the deck of the structure was rehabilitated. Now, it is the substructure or the supports of the overpass that will be rejuvenated. These repairs will help the bridge serve our community for at least another 40 years.”
The project will utilize several different options to help rehabilitate the structure. Current plans call for repairing the column footings below ground, reinforcing parts of the concrete using carbon fiber, and installing a corrosion protection system.
“We intend to keep one lane of travel open in each direction and one sidewalk open for pedestrians during construction,” Mansfield said. “Because the bridge spans Union Pacific Railroad tracks, it limits the times contractors will be able to work on the bridge. This will lead to a longer construction time frame.”
Final design will finish later this year and construction is set to begin in 2017. The project is estimated to cost about $4.2 million with the majority of the funds coming from federal sources. The City will be responsible for a 7.34 percent match, a portion of which will be covered through in-kind services such as engineering and surveying.
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