Sun Valley Highway Work to Last All Summer


If you’ve headed up to Sun Valley in the last year, you might’ve been slowed by road construction between Hailey and Ketchum. The Idaho Mountain Express reported this morning that the construction will continue through this August as well, and possibly into the fall.

The $9.4 million project is taking place on almost four miles of state Highway 75, and started almost a year ago. It involves expanding the section of highway into four lanes with intermittent center turn lanes and deceleration lanes at major intersections.

When the project started last year, the Idaho Transportation Department expressed optimism that it would be completed at the end of last summer, but suggested the work might carry over into this year. Due to weather and equipment delays, ITD finally conceded in August 2013 that the project wouldn’t be finished by the end of the year. Construction halted in November when winter hit the Wood River Valley.

The project is more than half finished, and workers are waiting to get started again, but a start date hasn’t been announced. ITD officials say construction could start up again as early as April 15, but more likely around the beginning of May, when the ground has dried out more. The sooner the construction can start up again, the more likely it’ll be done before next fall.