It’s a project that has been talked about since the 1960s and now we are just a few weeks away from its groundbreaking.
"Our founding fathers, our city fathers were talking about building a roadway crossing the south end of the valley all the way from the East to the West side but it wasn't until about 1997, 1998, where this project really took off and we started planning for a new roadway and trying to figure out exactly where we were going to locate it,” said Deirdre Castillo, City Engineer.
The project has been divided into two phases to avoid losing federal funds. Phase 1A includes the roadway between South 2nd Avenue and South 5th and the Tie-in road to South 2nd Ave. This first phase will not include an I-15 crossing.
Phase 1B will connect the roadway to Bannock Highway and will also include the I-15 crossing.
"We did that in order to save some earmark funds that we were under the impression that we were going to lose the funds the feds were going to yank the funds because we had not spent the money, said Castillo."
LeGrande Johnson Construction Company from Logan Utah was awarded the contract to construct phase 1A of the project. Their bid is approximately Three Million dollars.
"We were thrilled with the bids,” continued Castillo. “They actually came in at sixty- percent of the engineers estimate."
We should expect to see surveyors on site soon and equipment starting to move into the area.
"We met with the contractor on Monday and they are getting all of their agreements finalized and we should see backhoes out there within the next month,” said Castillo.