KETCHUM, Idaho (PRESS RELEASE) – The final work of a project started in 2015 to resurface Idaho 75 over Galena Summit begins Monday (June 20). Drivers should be prepared for delays, and traffic will be reduced to one lane during the two weeks of work.

The final work includes installing center-line rumble strips, seal coating the travel lanes, and applying a fog coat to the shoulders. The highway was resurfaced in 2015 which has improved the ride quality and life expectancy of the roadway. The seal coat will further increase roadway longevity.

Seal coats help minimize oxidation of the roadway surface which causes the surface to dry out. Roadway moisture will eventually cause the surface to crack and deteriorate, which in turn leads to potholes, broken pavement and repairs. Additionally, a seal coat increases roadway friction and adds traction to the surface during winter driving.

The finished roadway will feature a center-line rumble strip to help prevent traffic from crossing into the opposing lane.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane during working hours. Drivers should watch for flaggers and be prepared for delays of as much as 15 minutes. The contractor will be reducing traffic to one lane from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The speed limit will be reduced throughout the construction zone to 35 mph. Drivers are encouraged to increase following distance to prevent cracked windshields on the seal-coated roadway.

Valley Paving, from Bellevue, is the contractor for the $1.8 million project.