Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Dry Creek Road receives safety improvements and new surface; to be celebrated Wednesday
Dry Creek Road between State Highway 55 and Seaman’s Gulch Road is now a safer and smoother ride for motorists. Ada County Highway District (ACHD) crews applied a heavy duty chipseal to the once-gravel two mile stretch of road. Safety improvements included excavating hillsides and clearing brush in multiple areas to open corners and increase visibility for drivers. Removing brush also allowed crews to widen the two-lane road along some sections. New guard rail will also enhance safety.
In addition to safety improvements, the project will significantly lower maintenance costs. Frequent requests from the public for maintenance along this stretch of Dry Creek totaled as much as $50,000 a year— ACHD anticipates the project cost to be upwards of $200,000. The now-chipsealed road will require minimal maintenance and will be added to ACHD’s nine-year chipseal rotation.
Dedication Event: Finishing touches, including lane striping and sign installation, are being done early this week. On Wednesday, October 5 at 9 a.m., a representative of the ACHD Commission and those involved with the Dry Creek improvement project will celebrate its completion with a ribbon cutting near the west approach of the Dry Creek and Seaman’s Gulch intersection. Media are invited to attend to learn more about this project.