The Cheyenne Connector is moving right along with phase 1A just about finished, and the next phase of the project will soon be going out to bid, according to Pocatello City Engineer.
"The project is fully designed, we have the plans and specifications all ready to go, it's just a couple of little things, getting the agreements signed by Union Pacific and two utility agreements that we are working on with the state right now,” says Pocatello City Engineer, Deiredre Castillo.
Phase 1 of the project is just rapping up by paving the crossover lanes at I15 and making sure that the signal here at South Valley Road is working.
"It really is starting to look like a road and there is no pavement yet and that will be the very last thing we do,” says Castillo.
The next part of the project consists of building three bridges. The main bridge will go over the Portneuf River and Union Pacific Railroad and will span 429 feet, along with two other Southbound and Northbound interstate bridges. The city engineer also says that the new connector will promote growth in the South end of Pocatello.
"We really needed another roadway out in that area of town. We only have so many ways to cross the valley and this will really help out the south end of town,” added Castillo.
She says the most exciting part of the project, is the addition they are making for people that will be on foot or bikes.
"I think people are really happy to know that we are going to have that 10 foot wide multi-use pathway that stretches all the way from Bannock Highway to South 5th Avenue, and it will tie into the AMI Kirkham Trail. There will be a way to get back down on to South 2nd Avenue, so if people on Bannock Highway want to get to Ross Park, they are still going to be able to do that,” concluded Castillo.
The city engineer says they are working with 18 million dollars of federal funds and 3 million of local dollars, which she believes the project will use that entire amount.
They hope to have it completed by the end of 2015.